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Hawai`i Councilmember, District 1

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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    Heather L. KIMBALL
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    Troy S. MARTINEZ
    (NS)

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Education BS Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MS Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii, Hilo
Military/Community Service Current Council Member for District 1. Chair of the Committee of Governmental Operations, Relations and Economic Development, Vice Chair of the Committees on Finance and Climate Change. Hawaii County representative to the Hawaii State Association of Counties. Member of the Hawaii County Board of Appeals, Advocacy Chair for the Zonta Club of Hilo,Coach and former board member Kamehameha Canoe Club, Chair of the Hawaii County Committee of the Democratic Party,Sierra Club of Hawaii State Chapter Executive and Conservation Committees, Member of the Hawaii Women’s Coalition,Member of the Vibrant Hawaii Housing Coalition,Co-founder of Take Back Lincoln Park, Coordinator for Make Voting Matter, Former Secretary of the Grassroots Community Development Group,Former Vice Chair of the Hawaii National Women's Political Caucus,Former treasurer for the Hilo Intermediate Band Boosters,Former student representative on the UH Hilo Graduate Council,
Campaign Address PO Box 7
Papaikou, HI 96781
Campaign Phone (808) 333-1535
Campaign Twitter Handle @VoteKimball
I am running for reelection to the Hawaii County Council because I want to continue my work give back to Hawaii and help shape the future of our community; a future where our children can develop rewarding careers, create homes for their families and stay connect to the larger community and our island. As a a council member for District 1, my understanding of our community needs is current and inclusive. I will use my experience on the Council and the relationships that I have built in the county to help respond to the increasingly complex challenges facing our Hawaii County community.
My top goals will be economic recovery and increasing housing access. I will ensure that our county uses all available state and federal funding. I will also work to ensuring more local dollars circulate within our community by reducing barriers for local producers and business and providing community development support. Homeownership is often out of reach for many working families our community living paycheck to paycheck. I will continue work on the code revisions necessary to create housing opportunities in areas that are close to our island’s economic centers and infrastructure.
To address climate change, I will focus on increasing energy efficiency within county facilities and reducing waste by expanding technological infrastructure. I will work to advance the electrification of the county fleet and mass transit system. I will expand the requirements and incentives for green construction of new buildings, including EV charging stations. I will introduce restrictions on single use plastics and point of purchase charges on goods for recycling. I will work to support local agriculture, soil carbon conservation and make more lands available for reforestation efforts.
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