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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 4

Duties: The Hawaii State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body. Areas Represented: Kalaoa, Mahaiula, Makalawena, Kaupulehi, Kukio, Kiholo, Keawaiki, Weliweli, Puuanahulu, Waikii, Anaehoomalu, Lahuipuaa, Waikoloa, Puako, Waimea, Waiaka, Waikui, Kawaihae, Mahukona, Hikapoloa, Hawi, Kapaau, Halaula, Akona, Kukuihaele, Kapulena, Makahalau, Palihooukapapa, Honokaa, Paauhau, Hanaipoe, Paauilo, Halepiula, Keanakolu, Ookala, Laupahoehoe, Papaaloa, Welokai, Ninole, Hopuwai, Hakalau, Honomu, and portion of Pepeekeo MillHow Elected: The senate consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. A Senator must be a Hawaii resident for not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the senatorial 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: Four 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; Senate President - $70,104

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    Nicholas M. TANCHEFF
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    Herbert (Tim) RICHARDS
    (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?

Age 47
Education Doctor of Chiropractic
Military/Community Service N/A
Campaign Phone 808-498-7731
Doctor of Chiropractic. My passion is health and wellness. I am the owner of Island Holistic Healing where I provide the highest quality treatments for musculoskeletal care. I also provide retreat education workshops that teach people how to care for all parts of their body to remove the burden of toxicity utilizing water only fasting with the guidance of comprehensive blood and urine analysis. I am passionate about our human right to free will and to have the freedom to choose how best to care for our physical being. God placed us in the garden and expects us to care for it. Hawaii is a paradise. I am running for State Senate so that I can play a more significant role in how we care for it.
I would be a voice for the people and to provide complete transparency regarding the actions within the people that make up the government.
To work towards educating and incentivizing sustainable methods of agriculture.
We need to begin with the family and supporting strong families and communities in which individuals have the support system they need. This will minimize individual criminal behaviors.
Age 63
Education Washington State University, Pullman, Washington Bachelor of Science Veterinary Science & Minor in Chemistry 1981 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 1984
Military/Community Service County of Hawaii Agriculture Advisory Commission to the Mayor 2009 to 2016, Vice Chair 2014, Chair 2015 Paniolo Preservation Society Board Member June 2011 to Summer 2019 Washington State University Foundation Board of Trustee September 2010 to 2019 - Recognition and Stewardship Committee 2013 to 2019 Washington State University Cougar Crew Alumni Association Founding Chair and Chairman March 2005 to Present Hawaii State Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Regulated Industries Complaints Office- Veterinary Advisory and Review Board: January 2004 to Present Hawaii State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners 1994 to 2002, Vice Chairman 2000-2001, Chairman 2001-2002 YMCA Sustaining Membership Chairman 1998 Rotary International Group Study Exchange Participant to Israel: 1987
Campaign Address PO Box 6741
Kamuela, HI 96743
Campaign Phone (808) 557-2780
Campaign Twitter Handle @https://twitter.com/theTimRichards
My motivation for running is simple: Boost the next generation's success. We must amplify their ability to shine by advancing affordable housing, accessible medical care, and well-funded police, ambulance, and fire departments. Ignite our agriculture capabilities to improve our financial and food security.

I'm a six-generation kama'aina, born and raised in Senate District 4. I am chair of the regenerative agriculture, water, energy, and environmental management Committee, currently serving my 3rd term on the County Council.

I have served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) board.
As a legislator, I will illuminate the need to enforce our current laws. Heighten governance and enforcement with full prosecution. The appearance of corruption comes from a lack of transparency. The State and Counties must continue to lead transparency by making information accessible to the public for accountability. My track record on the county council is self-evident. I have a standing platform where anyone can ask any question on anything. Dissuading the appearance of corruption on a professional level is to lead by example. I stand firm on that.
Climate change has already figured into my wheelhouse. I have nudged mass transit towards electric/zero-emissions buses & launched the work to obtain hydrogen fuel cell buses for the County, going online soon. The big island electric utility grid is already well to be 100% renewable by 2030. Our “food miles“ have a huge carbon footprint. Increasing local food production will decrease our footprint. Solid waste management is critical. Recycling is great, but the costs often prohibit our County. We need to pivot and look at re-manufacturing on-island products made from recyclables.
Under our court system, citizens are guaranteed an impartial and speedy trial by their peers. We see the system procedurally manipulated to delay the due process. These delays clog the courts and create issues. As I'm not an expert in this subject matter, I would seek trusted colleagues. Additionally, once someone is convicted, we need to guide their re-entry into society by supporting programs that accomplish this. Some examples here are the drug courts that have been very successful on the Big island and Going Home Hawaii, headed by Les Estrella.