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Hawai`i Councilmember, District 7

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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    Rebecca VILLEGAS

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Education 1991 Konawaena High School / 1995 UH Manoa, BA Business Management / 2016 Ulumau- Hawai'i Island Leadership Series
Military/Community Service Surfrider Foundation- Kona Kai Ea Chapter, President / Kohanaiki Ohana, President / Keiki Surf for the Earth & Beach Clean Up / Maka'ainana Foundation, Board Member / Mana'o Pono Sustainability Inc, President & CEO / Daughters of Hawai'i
Campaign Phone (808) 960-2805
I am humbly seeking re-election so I can continue my job as a public servant. I've worked hand in hand with community leaders tackling big issues including homelessness and County herbicide use in public spaces. I've walked side by side with constituents and health officials while navigating the COVID crisis. I've been a strong voice advocating for the unique needs of West Hawaii . I am a passionate, credible, and proven public servant, with a heart for the people vs the politics.
Two of my primary focuses will be on mitigating the affordable housing crisis and reducing single use plastics.
I continue to encourage the Mayor to join Oahu and Maui and sign on to the Climate Litigation Case. I am currently crafting legislation to illuminate the use of single use toiletries in all hotel and resorts in Hawaii County.