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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 11

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: Manoa and a portion of Makiki HeightsHow 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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    Benjamin SAKAI
    (Rep)

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    Carol FUKUNAGA
    (Dem)

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    Ian M.A. ROSS
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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?

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Twitter @@carolfukunaga
Campaign Email carolf@lava.net
Campaign Phone 808-478-2778
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 61503
Honolulu, HI 96839
I've devoted more than 30 years to serving as a state legislator, and most recently, as a City Councilmember - where I've fought for transparency, efficiency and accountability in government. Several community leaders encouraged me to run for the reapportioned Senate District 11 seat because of my long-time representation of Makiki/Tantalus and experience with Manoa-Ala Moana and Kaka'ako issues that straddle city and state jurisdictions.
I have been a strong Public Access and Open Records advocate throughout my years at the State Legislature and at the City Council. As a champion of the State Legislature's Public Access Room and online access to legislative information in the 1980's, and Open Data legislation at state/county levels, I believe that giving citizens full access to information is one of the most valuable ways to ensure accountability in government. I also support provision of voter guides, sponsorship of issue forums by public media and making legislative positions full-time rather than part-time.
The State's Hawaii Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation Commission and Honolulu Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency establish solid strategies for immediate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise and more.

However, what's not addressed is the growing frequency of extreme weather events, where government resources are inadequate to address flooding and stormwater damages in Manoa, Tantalus or Makiki. I support more public-private partnerships to help individual communities increase their capacity to withstand extreme weather and recover quickly.
Yes, state services for unemployment insurance, financial aid and city services involving renewal of vehicle registrations or drivers' licenses exposed big holes in our emergency preparedness systems. My staff and I received hundreds of complaints; state legislators pivoted with teams of UI volunteers at the Convention Center. The city activated online alerts to help residents reduce wait-times in line. We can learn from our mistakes and develop multi-agency solutions now to overcome bottlenecks and keep improving our response times.

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