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Hawai`i Councilmember, District 6

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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    Colehour BONDERA
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    Henry (Bo) CHO, III
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    Michelle M. GALIMBA
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    Shane PALACAT-NELSEN
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Biographical Information

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Education Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Master of Education in Adult Agricultural Education; Master of Science in International Agricultural Development
Military/Community Service Founder and longest serving Board President of Kona Coffee Farmers Association; Farmer Representative 2011-2016 on the National Organic Standards Board; Board member of Beyond Pesticides
Campaign Address PO Box 861
Honaunau, HI 96726
Campaign Phone 8086401643
Campaign Email teambondera@gmail.com
As a community leader working with numerous organizations and government agencies, I have considered running for office for several years. Grew up with ten siblings (including eight sisters) on a small farm and so have a lifetime of experience with differing approaches. My son and daughter have graduated from college. Now is the time for me to act and help get our County more healthy, secure and on the road towards self-reliance. My goal is to bring my experience working with groups from the grassroots to the national governmental levels, and all in between to build effective solutions.
The most important issues faced by District 6 are related to food security and housing/homelessness. By working with County leaders, organizations and politicians, we can put together programs which address food production and distribution. Strategies may include discussing a Hawaii County Department of Agriculture, about County-established and operated local food hubs for distribution and access, and dealing with receiving distributions. This overlaps with the fact that there is not good agricultural housing available and more broadly that we must establish affordable housing County-wide.
Climate change is serious and immediate actions related to threats that Hawaii faces would include reforming access and utility of public transportation, shifting of agriculture from chemical-based to Hawaii, local input based, and more broadly by seeking Hawaii-produced industries to ensure that we can rely on less imports overall. Strategies would be to initiate surveys/studies on how to make proposed changes and development of effective compensation programs for those so engaged in development and implementation actions.
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Education Ph.D and M.A., Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; B.A., Asian Studies, University of Oregon
Military/Community Service Hawaiʻi State Board of Agriculture 2011-2018, Hawaiʻi County Charter Commission, 2018-2019, Kaʻu Community Development Plan Steering Committee 2007-2117
Campaign Phone 808-430-4927
Campaign Email michelle@kuahiwiranch.com
Hawaiʻi County District 6 is a vast district that embraces a wide variety of communities and environments. My main reason for running is my love for and desire to contribute to the future of our district and county. My experience in agricultural entrepreneurship, natural resource conservation, business and community service, as well as experience working within the context of county, state, and federal government, gives me a balanced perspective and practical, solutions-oriented skills to offer in representing the people of our District and County.
My main goal is to help families and individuals weather the disruptions that are challenging our communities - including the affordable housing crisis and rising cost of living. In the short term this will mean ensuring that County funds are used effectively to address the pressing needs of our residents. In the long term this will mean building resilience, supporting entrepreneurship and creating economic opportunity in our communities. Another goal is to address waste disposal issues in our district and county, including but not limited to the problem of abandoned vehicles.
Increasingly unpredictable weather - flooding, droughts, storms, as well as a forecasted long term drying trend is already impacting Hawaiʻi, especially our farmers and ranchers. I would advocate for a County level climate change risk assessment - including risks specific to Hawaiʻi island agriculture - to be undertaken so that the County of Hawaiʻi can address the threats of climate change in a coordinated, informed manner. I would also advocate for addressing GHG emissions as outlined in the Countyʻs Climate Action Plan.
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