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Hawai`i Councilmember, District 9

Duties: The County Council is the legislative branch of the County. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Hawaii County Code.How Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a non-partisan basis. A Councilmember must be a qualified resident and registered voter of the district from which the person is to be elected for at least 90 days immediately preceding the primary election. A candidate who receives the majority of votes cast (i.e., more than fifty percent excluding blank and overvotes) or is unopposed for the office in the first special election, held in conjunction with the primary election, is deemed elected. The contest will not appear in the second special election, held in conjunction with the general election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the office in the first special election, the two (2) candidates, receiving the most votes in the first special election, will appear on the second special election ballot. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes at the second special election is deemed elected (Hawaii County Charter, Article XIII, Section 13-27).Term: Two years, limited to a maximum of four consecutive full terms.Base Salary: Councilmember - $70,008; Chairperson - $77,016

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    Jeff Kalani COAKLEY

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    Chris (Kalei) TOAFILI

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?

Education Kamehameha School, College of San Mateo, UH-Manoa Systems, Ft. Belvoir, School of Engineers, GRI Realtor Designation
Military/Community Service USA Army 66-69, "Vietnam 67-68" Pres. No. Kohala Jaycees, Pres. Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club, VP Kohala Community Assoc., Founder Hui Mamalahoa (Access) Chairman KCA Access Committee, Chairman Kohala CDP, Member Power, Roads, Water CDP Committee. Founder Ainakea Neighborhood Watch Program, Member Kai Kuleana Network Coastal Conservation (Milolii to No. Kohala), Founder Big Island Missing Children, Advocate Against Sexploitation, Sextortion and Sextrafficking, Elks Club
Campaign Address P.O. Box 871
Kapaau, HI 96755
Campaign Phone (808) 443-8687
Campaign Email
Facebook http://coming
I am not a politician or career politician. I have been a community advocate working with people for several decades at the grassroots level, working together to improve the quality of life for people and communities. Continually seeking solutions to our problems and at times non political solutions in forming partnerships with the private sector, bypassing government which are can be too restrictive. For years we needed a bypass road and created one between the community and private landowners without any government involvement. Sometimes, it's best to keep government out of it.
I don't have the answers but I am deeply concerned about two issues. Affordable Housing and the high Cost of Living that are driving our local families to move away to seek a better quality of life than found here in the islands. It is painful to see people born and raised in Hawaii that have to move away in order to survive. We really have to make a monumental effort to work on these two issues and find viable solutions to help people, especially our young families. These would be my two top priorities and I would do all that I can to address these issues and look at all options.
In order to save or protect something, you have to first understand it. Laws and ordinances can force people to comply but not understand the why. As a council representative and as a cultural practitioner i would make myself available to our elementary schools to do presentations as to our relationship as stewards for our environment. Education is the key towards understanding that relationship as practice by our ancestors. I find that would be an exciting opportunity as part of my responsibilities serving our younger generation during the 1st 100 or more days. Serving our youth!
Education B.A. Business Administration
Military/Community Service Current Volunteer with North Hawai' Domestic Violence Action Committee, West Hawai'i Veterans Cemetery, Going Home Consortium, Domestic Violence Hurts Animals and People
Campaign Phone 808-345-5810
Campaign Email
Campaign Twitter Handle @na
Hawai’i Islanders have always been resilient and to move forward together, we need progress that is affordable, practical and improves the quality of life for everyone. County government plays a critical role in setting the stage for people to succeed. I am entering this race motivated and above all, ready to listen to all, identify priorities and get results.

Experience Matters. My past leadership experience representing North Kohala, South, Kohala, and North Kona at the Hawai'i State Legislature taught me how to build consensus and work with diverse perspectives to get results.
Health and Wellness.

We will all benefit by creating more art, culture, and recreation experiences and providing opportunities to learn, celebrate, interact, and volunteer. Hoping to expand youth and senior programs and resources.

Vibrant Workforce.

1) Get support for ideas that address workforce housing, increase small farms, incentivize internships for high school students to get work experience, and make government's role more efficient.

2) Seek potential opportunities working with educational institutions, Chamber of Commerces and Workforce Development Council.

1) Review the recommendations from the Mayor's Sustainability Summit to determine opportunity for Council action.

2) I embrace the efforts to understand ridge to reef ecosystems and will seek opportunities to address impacts of drought, flooding, reforestation and runoff into our ocean.
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