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Hawaii US Representative, Dist 2

Duties: Representatives share responsibility with Senators for enactment of the nation s laws as provided for in the U.S. Constitution. They may also conduct investigations on issues of national importance. Laws that require payment of taxes are initiated in the House of Representatives. Representatives have the responsibility for determining whether a public official should be tried if accused of a crime.Areas Served: Kauai, Maui, and Hawai i Counties and northern and western OahuQualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years; an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected; and at least 25 years of age.How Elected: The United States is divided into 435 Congressional districts that are reapportioned after each decennial census. All seats in the House of Representatives are up for election in every even-numbered year. Term: Two years, no term limit.Base Salary: $174,000; Speaker of the House - $223,500; Majority and Minority Leaders and President pro tempore of the Senate - $193,400

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    Joe AKANA

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    Joseph E. (Joe) WEBSTER

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them if elected?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Age 57
Education Kamehameha Schools, MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, Strategic Intelligence Master's from the National Intelligence University
Military/Community Service US Air Force | Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Alihikaua; Word of Life Christian Center, School of Leaders.
Campaign Website
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone 808-388-4020
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 701318
Kapolei, HI 96709
My main qualification is as a servant-leader, focused on the growth and well-being of my community and state. I’m a business owner who helps support and sustain our local economy and a community leader who facilitates initiatives to improve education, infrastructure and technology for the people of Hawaii.

I served as an intelligence officer in the Air Force and as a civil servant, providing critical analysis of complex intelligence as a key decision maker. I have spent the better part of my life serving our communities and country. I am motivated to mentor and empower others to be leaders.
I have many goals.  Among them are improving Hawai‘i's housing situation, decreasing the cost of living for Hawai‘i's families, and working on initiatives to increase transparency in government.  However, my main job will be the voice of the people in Washington DC.  I work for them and am accountable to them.  They inform me which projects and programs are most important to them. As their representative, I will start the ball rolling by securing funding and bringing on community partners to fully realize and implement solutions.
On the micro level, we’ll plant 100 trees in 100 days statewide. There’s an ‘Olelo No’eau, Hahai no ka ua i ka ululā’au, rains will always follow the forest. We need to return to being good stewards. It’s all of our kuleana. At the macro level, eliminating or mitigating climate change in Hawai’i will require a holistic approach. We’ll identify communities which are the most vulnerable, build a grassroots movement to educate, advocate and empower people. This will provide the framework for informing which courses of action to take, like addressing inundation zones impacted by shoreline erosion.
Age 48
Education I graduated high school at the age of 14. I got a job in tech at the age of 18. I've worked 30 years solving problems in the real world
Campaign Phone 8089093081
I’m running for Congress because I think both parties are failing the people of America and Hawaii.

Gas prices are out of control. We can barely afford groceries. Our schools are not doing the job they should be doing. Our economy is headed for the rocks.

But the politicians can only point fingers and blame one another without ever taking responsibility. They play political games while we suffer.

I've operated a small tourism business on the Big Island for 6 years. Before that, I worked to solve problems with some of the biggest tech companies in the United States.

1- Affordable Housing - I was a project manger for decades. From my perspective, there is NO GOOD reason why we have such a waitlist of 28,000 native Hawaiians on the wait list for the homesteads they are rightfully and legally entitled too. There are plenty of BAD reasons why this issue lingers on and it's about corruption, mismanagement, and lack of empathy.

The system is broken. The idea that folks are waiting on the government's management of third party developers is the core issue. We need to require a plan, and enforce the project to completion.

2- corruption see #1
That's a tall order. If anyone states that they have a plan or a solution to address climate change, I'd question that persons reason. It takes a lot of conversations, research, knowledge, and time to find solutions. With any large scale project, you start with the "low hanging fruit"; meaning - you pick off the easy and cheap items/issues first as you work toward the harder to reach items. I am not an expert in this field myself, but I do have experience getting SME's (subject matter experts) together to hash things out.