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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 5

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 Keaau, portion of Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Fern Forest, Volcano, Pahala, Honuapo, Naalehu, Waiohinu, Hawaiian Ocean View, Milolii, Hookena, PawainaHow 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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    Jeanne KAPELA

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?

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Education College graduate courtesy of the G.I. bill
Military/Community Service Drafted into the US Army in 1966
Campaign Phone (808) 929-8422
I am running to offer the voters a true alternative to the choices currently presented. I served my country during the Vietnam conflict to ensure that ALL Americans can live their lives the way they see just and proper, without the government (local, state and federal) interfering. LESS Government = MORE Individual Freedom As an example, why does the League of Woman Voters promote the idea that as an adult we cannot legally gamble in the State of Hawaii.

Being a Libertarian, it goes without saying that WE are not corrupt. Unlike the Democrats and Republicans.
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Education High School Diploma, Konawaena High School (2012); B.A. in Political Science (In Progress)
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Campaign Phone (808) 854-1148
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Campaign Twitter Handle @jeannekapela
I am proud to be the current representative for State House District 5, the Vice Chair of the House Education Committee, and the Chair of the Working Families Caucus at the State Legislature. For too long, the voices of Hawai'i's working families have been silenced. Lawmakers consistently put corporate greed before the people's needs, leaving economically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations behind. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, the politics of profit is a politics of failure. We must put the needs of people and our planet first and find the political will to deliver the common good for all.
To combat political corruption, we should strengthen campaign finance reform. I believe that we should establish a robust publicly funded elections program for Hawai'i, using Maine's clean elections model as a template for our state. Additionally, I support banning campaign fundraising during legislative session. Finally, we need to create a third-party review system for potential conflicts of interest, so that ethics decisions are placed in the hands of a neutral party, not politicians themselves.
Climate change is an existential threat to our shores. We need to establish a Green New Deal for Hawai'i that uplifts workers' prosperity and the well-being of our planet. I will sponsor legislation to establish green fees to ensure that visitors pay their fair share to fund Hawai'i's conservation programs. I will also advocate for a comprehensive plan to begin a managed retreat from our coastlines. Finally, I will champion a carbon tax for the islands, which one study found could generate up to $365 million for environmental and sustainability programs in its first year of implementation.
Crime is driven by poverty. Moreover, Native Hawaiians and people of color are disproportionately represented in our state's criminal justice population. Accordingly, I support eliminating cash bail, so that people are not kept in jail simply because they are poor. Additionally, we should ban private prisons from ever operating on our shores and work to bring inmates home who are currently being incarcerated in private prisons on the mainland. Rather than spending money on new jails, we should invest in public education facilities that provide opportunities for our keiki. Finally, I strongly support legalizing recreational cannabis. No one should be prosecuted simply for smoking a plant.