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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 6

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: Honaunau, Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Holualoa, portion of Kailua-KonaHow 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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    Jonathan P. KENNEALY
    (Rep)

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    Ilya BARANNIKOV
    (Dem)

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    Kirstin A.K. KAHALOA
    (Dem)

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    Lono MACK
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

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?

Military/Community Service Army Veteran
I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. I have been in civil service for over 20 years both with the US Army and as a federal police officer. I am currently serving as Kona Airport Police. I grew up surrounded by business ownership and in 2012 opened up my first business. I am currently running for Office because Hawaii is my home. When I came back home in 2020 I was overwhelmed by the high cost of living, poor education and lack of self-sufficiency all rooted in government corruption. This broke my heart. I can't be okay with bad people destroying my home so I am fighting to restore Hawaii.
To start, I would propose an audit going back six years of every elected official and every department head in the state of Hawaii. I will propose elected district school boards and elected county police cheifs. I will propose that all elected positions to include Governor is recallable also including all state department directors. I will introduce term limits for all State and county elected positions.
Propose Hawaii turn to a program turning recycled trash to electricity. Invest in technology to transition sugar cane into ethanol gas. Convert used tires into heat source for the energy process systems. Turn glass and plastics into recycled counteracts and furniture. This will essentially get rid of our trash problem, our reliance on gas from crude oil, our need to ship in coal from China and provide a proactive approach to our recycled goods.
Holding the judicial system accountable such as judges and the prosecutors to properly adjudicate violent and drugs related crimes. Propse better drug rehabilitation centers and mental illness facilities throughout Hawaii.
Education Non Traditional
Campaign Phone 808-825-2192
Campaign Email ilya@ilyaforkona.com
I am a progressive democrat running for the state house rep position to offer voters an option outside of the standard establishment platform that has delivered little of what's been promised.

I am a designer and director of a non-profit here in Hawai'i (hawaii-fi.org) and I got involved in politics because I see a dangerous trend emerging where ineffectual government is driving voters to choose destructive candidates. I want to promote an agenda that actually aims to solve our communities issues and bring people back into the political sphere and restore trust in our public institutions.
I would offer assistance in any way I can, going after anyone, in any party for corruption. I have also signed the Our Hawaii Pledge where I have agreed to not take any contributions from corporate or special interests. I will support any legislation ensuring term limits, transparency and election reform. One of my 5 core issues is weeding out corruption and I take that mission very seriously.
I would support Hawaii becoming carbon neutral, as well as supporting the move to 100% clean energy by 2030 to put additional pressures on government and private institutions to fast track our transition. I also support funding projects to shore up areas that will be affected directly by rising sea levels and adverse climates. I support going after fossil fuel companies that have known about these dangers and hidden their data from citizens and governments and forcing them to contribute funding to mitigate the damage that they have created.
We need bail reform as well as more resources in re-entry systems for incarcerated individuals akin to the Going Home Hawaii project. A lot of the work needs to be done before people even enter the system by providing drug rehab services, social services and increasing local job opportunities instead of penal and disciplinary.
Education Master of Science in Public Service Administration, Master of Arts in Management & Leadership, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies
Military/Community Service Lions Club of Kona, Hawaiʻi Island Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Ag Hui, Kanu Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation West Hawaiʻi Fund, Hawaiʻi Island United Way, Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor’s Community Advisory Council, OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund
Campaign Email vote@kahaloaforkona.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @KahaloaForKona
I’ve dedicated my career to improving the well-being of our community while working at Blue Zones Project and Kamehameha Schools. From leading advocacy efforts for one of the largest chambers of commerce in Hawaiʻi, to working with others to form a Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship is important to me.

Keeping Hawaiʻi Island a place that my family can proudly call home is a driving force behind all my efforts to create a healthy economy, a healthy community, to grow more local food, and to keep our world sustainable for generations to come. I commit to bringing my experience to my service, and working hard to keep Kona a special place.
Political reform and legislation to stop corruption is important. I agree that legislators should not hold campaign fundraisers during the legislative session and the most recent legislation to prohibit this is a start. Supporting funding for staffing at the attorney general’s office to investigate and prosecute fraud, white collar crime and public corruption is also a measure I support. In office, I will work with other legislators to further strengthen policies to decrease corruption in Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi has long been a leader in sustainability and many of these goals are based in island thinking and methods of resource management and conservation. We must continue to work to achieve Hawaiʻi’s Aloha+ Challenge goals and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Some immediate focus areas include the continuation of our renewable energy independence and the protection of our watershed forests to secure our fresh water security. In supporting fresh water in Hawaiʻi, we can conserve forests, plant more Native trees, and bring more much needed rainfall to our islands. I also hope to fund organizations in Hawaiʻi working on all areas of climate change mitigation.
Legislative reform of our criminal legal system is necessary. Diversion programs, like Drug Court and Veterans Court, are important to ensure offenders get help when appropriate. For those offenders for whom prison is appropriate, prison conditions need reform so that inmates have a safe and clean living environment. Programs for mental health and spirituality are critical too. When inmates are released, it is also important to have educational programs, mentors, and other supportive transitional systems to help people find success after prison. The state purchasing from local sources, like our food hubs would be a great step to putting more local food into our prisons.
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