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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 25

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: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Nihia, Necker, 12 islands at French Frigate Shoals, 2 islads at Gardner Pinnacles, Laysan, Lisianski, 8 islands at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, 3 islads at Kure Atoll), Popoia, Moku Nui, Moku Iki, Manana, Kaohikaipu, and Koko Isle, and the portion of the island of Oahu including a portion of Kailua, Lanikai, Keolu Hills, Waimanalo, and a portion of Hawaii KaiHow 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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    Brian S. LAURO

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    Chris LEE

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) 868-9368
I am a husband, a father, a local business owner, a retired police officer and have spent 32 years in public safety, including being issued a Top-Secret Security clearance by the US government. My life has been about protecting and defending the lives of others. When I swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America, I took that oath very seriously. I believe that without loyalty to oath, truth, and honesty, we have nothing. For me, it has always been about the people. I am grateful to be recognized as an advocate of integrity and a voice for positive change.
There needs to be accountability. We need to start with passing laws to prevent our governor from appointing the sheriff, attorney general, and other key officials that are supposed to have oversight and investigative authority over the government corruption and criminal activity. These should be elected positions. We are one of the only states in the USA to appoint these positions. Without oversight, there will always be corruption.
While we need to understand more about the impact of climate change, there are far more pressing issues that should be addressed in the first 100 days. Primarily the needs of our people. Crime rates are soaring, housing and the economy are falling apart, along with threats to our democracy, like voter integrity, and government corruption.
It was a disaster. The mishandling has caused deaths from suicide, unprecedented crime, unaddressed medical conditions, psychological disorders, etc. It damaged our education system, families, businesses, and jobs. It created a complete distrust of our government, medical personnel, and science. There was government abuse of authority and misuse of billions of dollars. The answer begins with government transparency and honesty with a priority to people, sustainability, and recovery. There should never be medical mandates that violate your constitutional rights or take away freedom.
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