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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 44

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: Honokai, Hale, Nankuli, MailiHow 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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    Kimberly KOPETSEG
    (Rep)

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    Darius K. KILA
    (Dem)

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    Jonathan LEE
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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As a single father to a special needs child, I understand firsthand the challenges parents and kids are going through during these difficult times. As an active duty sailor in the US Navy, I've struggled to receive basic health care benefits from the VA, watched as my fellow service members took their own lives, supported the LGBTQ+ community as they found their place in the military world, and worked to improve toxic, outdated leadership practices that have no place in our modern warfare. I've slept in the streets, but now I own my own home. I've written children's books, directed Super Bowl commercials, and I am the only candidate in my race to fully support a woman's right to an abortion.
Telling the truth is so much easier than lying. As a state legislator, I will be open to sharing my process with my colleagues, my constituents, and sharing the resources as to where I get my data from. I intend to use use only scholarly and trusted sources that fact-based, stray away from inflammatory language, and let people know when something I am saying if a fact or my opinion. Honesty, transparency, and access are qualities that I and my staff will be committed to.
I am the only candidate in my race who has discussed the threat of climate change with urgency and who has proposed systemic changes in our district. In my first 100 days, I will create a task force to address climate change's impact on the 9 miles of coastal highway in my district and the feasibility of creating a Second Access Road. I want to plant native plants that will help reduce sand erosion of our beautiful Hawaiian beaches and sea walls to help save our crumbling bridges and flooding roads in the short term. We need to address the intense heat the growing houseless population is dealing with by installing shade and splash pads in our parks. We also need to switch to electric vehicle
The COVID 19 crisis was unprecedented and its easy in hindsight look back and judge as to what could have been done better. However, there were people and group who had the foresight to speak up in the moment who I believe should have been listened to at the time. For example, the healthcare workers who went on strike saying they were being overworked should have been taken more seriously by lawmakers. The whistleblower at the state capital who said the numbers were purposefully being under reported should have been listened to. The Governor should not have stopped collective bargaining during the shut down. Communication with the public was also inconsistent.