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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 43

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 Kapolei, a portion of Akupu, MakakiloHow 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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    Anna ODOM
    (Rep)

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    Kanani SOUZA
    (Rep)

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    Stacelynn K.M. ELI
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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

How would you stop corruption or the appearance of corruption as a State Legislator?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

Aloha, I'm Anna Odom, constituent, mother, fulltime grandmother, widow and someone who really loves my home, Makakilo. My qualifications are I am tired of career politicians using their positions to better themselves, their personal agendas and pockets while leaving everyday people like us to suffer while we wait for someone new to promise to clean up the mess. I along with many others, are tired of voting in a Representative who says they are for the community and from the community but disconnects from that very community once in office. I believe a qualified representative like myself is someone willing to step in, represent the people and stay connected in order to be on the same page
Transparency is one of the key factors in stopping corruption or even the appearance of it. When we are open with the public in what we do and why, it's harder to hide in the details. When we speak for the people and not selfishly through personal gain or profit, we legislate from a place of good. We are but one voice representing our districts, not ourselves. When we work alongside our community members building trust and relationships, we also put ourselves in a place of accountability. State legislators loose that once inside the Capitol. We need to stay connected, keep open communication and create together. This is how we breakdown the walls of corruption.
We do not need to directly address climate change as much as we need to address environmental changes. Many tourists come to the islands uneducated and unaware of their impact here. Our homeless populations creates another environmental Hazzard that we need to have an honest conversation about in order to address it effectively and compassionately. Therefore, maybe not in the first 100 days, but sooner than later it would be beneficial to our environment to allocate funds to the education of tourists, heavy fines for breaking environmental laws and court ordered community service for the betterment of the islands. Unfortunately, the homeless environmental Hazzard needs more conversation.
Absolutely! We learned early covid impacted the elderly & immune compromised the most. We learned numbers were inflated & hospitals recieved thousands of dollars per patient testing positive for the virus. Our state got millions for covid relief and HPD spent part of those funds on a robot dog to test the homeless for covid. Yet, we never heard about an out break of covid at homeless shelters until quarantines and lockdowns. The government masked the children and continue to mask them in schools despite the fact our children were not catching it at the same rate as compromised adults. The government as well forced vaccines or loose our jobs. Hands down the response could have been better.
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