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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 2

Duties: The Hawaii State House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Portion of HiloHow Elected: The House consists of 51 members elected from an equal number of respective representative districts. A Representative must be a Hawaii resident not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected. Candidates for state legislative offices who are nominated in the primary election and are unopposed in the general election will be deemed elected to the office sought after the primary election regardless of the number of votes received by that candidate (Hawaii State Constitution, Article III, Section 4). Term: Two years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (FY2022): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Speaker of the House - $70,104

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    Richard H.K. ONISHI

Biographical Information

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If elected, how would you stop political corruption or the appearance of corruption?

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

What legislative steps will you take to reform the criminal legal system, from pre-trial procedures, sentencing, incarceration and re-entry?

Education Hilo High School, University of Hawaii Hilo Campus (BBA)
Military/Community Service US Army (1973-1977)
Campaign Phone 8089878466
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I have served as Representative of the 3rd District on Hawaii Island for the last 10 years, and now I'm running to represent the residents of Hilo, where I was born, raised and lived for my lifetime. During my service as a Representative, I have served on the Finance; Economic Development; Higher and Lower Education; and Consumer Protection and Commerce committees. I have served as the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture (2013-2016); the Chair of the Tourism (2017-2020) and Labor and Tourism (2021-2022) committees. I have dealt with many diverse issues which has provided me with the information and perspectives from many different points of view which provides me with unique qualifications.
I would continue to review and modify our laws that addresses political corruption and strengthen existing processes that monitor and require transparence in our political and campaign processes.
I have supported and will continue to support the State's efforts to move to a clean energy environment that is considerate of the cost that all residents and business in Hawaii will have to face to reach our goals. Reduction in greenhouse gases is critical to reducing the effects of climate change and I am supportive of using hydrogen that is manufactured from renewable energy sources for use instead of fossil fuels.
Our legal system is in constant need of being reviewed and modified to serve the residents and visitors in the State of Hawaii, I support that review and our legislative process for modifications. I support a fair system of pre-trial procedures, sentencing and incarceration. I believe that we can do more to provide programs to address the social, mental and skills necessary for our inmates to successfully re-enter society. We also need to develop more economic opportunities for those inmates to find jobs by working with employers and enter programs to support their ability to start businesses if they are capable.