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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 18

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: Waipio, Crestview, Royal Kunia; a portion of Mililani, a portion of Waipahu, and a portion of AkupuHow Elected: The senate consists of 25 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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    Mary SMART

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    Emil SVRCINA

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    Michelle N. KIDANI

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?

Campaign Phone 808-741-2358
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 894404
Mililani, HI 96789
I am a retired Navy Captain who served as a base commander with several remote units and was a major program manager who developed, awarded, and managed multi-million dollar contracts. I am on the Mililani Neighborhood Board and serve as VP of my Mililani Cluster Board of Directors. I actively review proposed legislation and submit testimony for and against various measures. The Senate 18 incumbent has had 12 years to improve our standard of living but it has only gotten worse. We need a Senator who will listen to the voice of our community and act in its best interest – Mary Smart.
Corruption is especially concerning due to the convictions of several highly placed leaders who were supposed to protect us from corruption. Avoiding corruption and not giving even the appearance of corruption is expected of military officers. I am very comfortable with upholding that mandate for myself and colleagues. According to John Adams “The preservation of liberty depends on the intellectual and moral character of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved.”
I would address climate change after addressing the immediate concerns of the residents. Climate change is low on the priority list of people I contact. The first things that need to be addressed are the high cost of living, crime and corruption, and the loss of trust in government. Once these issues are properly resolved, my focus can turn to other problems. The predicted deadline for a climate catastrophe keeps getting delayed. In 1972 the UN warned we only have 10 years left and 50 years later we are hearing the same thing.
Yes. Early treatment of symptoms with known medical interventions would have helped. The success of these treatments should not have been suppressed. The state should have enforced the requirement for experimental vaccines dispensed under Emergency Use Authorization to provide the required documentation of ingredients and list all adverse side-effects. Workers should have retained their constitutional rights to decline an experimental vaccine. Medical privacy should have been protected. Forced business, school, and church closings should not have occurred.
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Campaign Phone (808) 754-4442
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 894515
Mililani, HI 96789
I am the Vice President of the Hawai’i State Senate and Chair the Committee on Education. I was first elected in 2008 and would be very privileged to continue serving Senate District 18 which includes most of Mililani Town, Waipio Gentry, Waikele, Village Park and Royal Kunia. The new SD18 will include Crestview and Seaview. I feel confident that I have served my district well and been able to provide for various community needs. My colleagues have placed their trust in me by allowing me to serve as Vice President of the Senate. My biggest honor would be to serve again as your Senator. Mahalo
I do believe the laws we currently have in place are sufficient, including Ethics rules as well as the Campaign Spending Commission laws. It was, however, extremely disheartening to learn of the investigations and charges brought against former colleagues and I believe that their actions do not reflect on the character of the majority of our elected legislators.
I would ask to convene a conference of all elected officials of the State and all Counties to determine if: 1) current laws are sufficient and are on track ; 2) do we have necessary resources; 3)how we can share resources; 4) how we can work together to meet goals and deadlines set 5) seek assistance from Federal govt together to assure goals are met.
YES! The Senate set up our 6 member Covid-19 Committee (of which I was a member) because we felt the Governor was not moving quickly enough to protect Hawai’i. We were lied to when told we had over 100 contact tracers—the Senate Covid Committee found only 12 contact tracers when we visited their offices. Some staff were overloaded with over 100 cases to contact/track. Because we were probably the last State to have Covid cases, I feel we should have been better prepared and learned from other states —especially because supplies take longer being separated by an ocean.