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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 24

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: WaikikiHow 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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    Jillian T. ANDERSON

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    Ikaika M. OLDS

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    Adrian TAM

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?

I have been honored to serve our House Republicans as a Legislative Analyst, following my graduation summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a major in business and minor in history. My experiences provided me with extensive knowledge of how our legislative process works, especially as it pertains to how policy can be used to better our community. Having lived in Waikiki nearly all my life, I am intimately familiar with the way in which our most pressing issues, such as public safety and homelessness, are changing for the worse. With focused, passionate, and knowledgeable representation, I am confident we can bring much needed improvement to our neighborhood and State.
When informing my community of my candidacy, I have often been asked why I would want to join a body with a history of corruption and public distrust. My neighbors share I am too well-intentioned and morally upright to have what it takes to play the game -- but this is exactly why I am running. There is no place in our State Legislature for any motives other than doing right by our people and shall I encounter corruption or the appearance of it, I would have zero tolerance for the individuals involved. Our people place not just their hard-earned tax dollars into the hands of the Legislature, but their trust and futures. I am confident my actions would reflect this understanding.
In an island state, it is a necessity to be aware of changing conditions and minimize possible impacts as best as we can foresee them. In terms of prioritizing, I would support working to save our beaches by installing proven mitigations such as groins. Beachfront homes and their structural integrity are also a concern and working to reduce risk of collapse, as is increasingly being seen, should be addressed. I too have witnessed the threat of sea inundation faced by our coastal roadways and would support moving them inland, especially if flooding caused by excessive rain or a king tide is already enough to cause detrimental impacts.
Even though hindsight is 20/20, every step of the way I have seen inadequacy in our State's response to COVID-19. Like the rest of the world, much of our early reaction was ruled by fear of the unknown, and I believe our people are understanding of that. But now more than 2 years later, measures that evaded common sense, such as restricting one from walking their dog alone in a park or still requiring our keiki to wear masks at school, display a glaring inability to pivot when facts contradict policy. I am frightened by the rapid erosion of our people's respect for government, but am glad our Legislature has since sought to salvage this by limiting the emergency powers of the governor.
I'm a local boy from Kailua, a combat veteran, a husband and father to two young boys (3 and 4). I served 8 years as an infantryman in the US Army and received my bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology. My graduate studies focused on early childhood development and its connection to developing deviant behaviors during adolescence and early adulthood . Since graduating, I have worked extensively with Oahu's homeless for the last six years with Waikiki Health and the HIDOE. I have invaluable experience on how to address our growing homeless, crime, and housing issues with models that have shown great success. I chose to run to make my community stronger, cleaner and safer Hawaii!
I would immediately push for two major changes. First, I would push for term limits for all legislators. This would prevent career politicians from gaining too much power but also limits the amount of money they receive from special interest groups. I believe 10 years should be the cap. The second change I would fight for is to limit campaign spending for all political races and make every candidate use public funds. This would mean that every candidate has an equal chance in an election and would also hinder special interest groups from owning politicians with donations.
I would immediately make contact with Unions like IBEW 1260, who are championing the movement to green energy, and start discussing and examining the various plans that are in the works or have been discussed previously. I would then work with the legislature to allocate more resources to these projects. Hawaii is blessed with sun most of the year, we also have many other natural energy sources to tap into, but may have been blocked by special interest groups. I would cut through that tap and get us moving in the right direction.
I believe Hawaii did a pretty good job in its response to COVID in 2020. I do believe that we should have kept the testing program for all incoming passengers at the airports. I believe that continuing to wear masks, especially during the surges, is a simple and easy way to help keep people safe.
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Adrian Tam was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a proud graduate of Kalani High School and Penn State University. Upon his graduation, Adrian worked for his family small business, Central Pacific Properties Inc. as a licensed Realtor. He was offered a temporary position at the Hawaii State Legislature in 2016. In 2017, he was made permanent working under Senator Stanley Chang. Adrian still maintains his license to practice real estate, but has since resigned from the Legislature to focus on his run for office. Two
The best way to stop corruption is to ensure that we elect leaders that will work most ethically. I will always be ethical because I, too, want to build a more responsible government. Additionally, we must ensure our Ethics Commission is fully funded with resources and provide full cooperation with the Justice Department on any investigation.
Climate change is a major concern of mine and the district I seek to represent. I will support legislation that will look into investments into green technology that will help us meet our clean energy goals. Investing in green tech will help us create jobs and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.
Yes. The response has eroded a lot of trust people have in government. With infighting between the Governor and the Lt. Governor to fights between the department directors and the Legislature. Most people are tired of seeing this, and only want their unemployment insurance or services.

My campaign is about putting people over politics, and if elected, I promise to hold true to that and work with everyone to get things done for the community and the state.