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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 10

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: Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, a portion of Kaimuki, a portion of Kapahulu, St. Louis 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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    Leilani M. SOON
    (Rep)

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    True ST THOMAS
    (Rep)

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    Les S. IHARA, Jr.
    (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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Campaign Email truepartyusa@outlook.com
Campaign Phone (808) 292-5093
Campaign Mailing Address po box 283148
Honolulu, Hi 96828
I True St.Thomas hold a Bachelors degree in Information Technology specializing in IT system security and a Masters degree in Information Systems. I have over 10 years of IT experience working in Hawaii with over 100 of Hawaii's Business on all major islands. I am from Hawaii. I am running for State Senate District 10 to provide a unique perspective on challenging issues facing the islands at this time. If given the opportunity I will attempt to persuade officials to increase focus on organization, leverage technology to reduce administrative bottlenecks, and improve living experience.
I would make a persuasive appeal to the elected representatives and party leaders to adjust current policy to make it much more difficult and expensive for foreign special interests to influence decision making. I would also appeal to policy makers about adjusting existing Hawaii state tax law in a way which would flood the islands with U.S. assets and currency without increasing operations of mainland companies locally. Also using a tax policy adjustment de-incentivize foreign and domestic investors from purchasing and holding real estate which is barely used.
I would persuade elected officials to unify Hawaii around this issue by using specific language and targets which address specific concerns. I would like to see man made climate change be addressed in categories including: Private company pollution, Citizen use pollution, Government entity pollution, Destruction of plants and animal habitat, Air-Water-Food quality, and Critical Infrastructure preservation. I would like a declaration publicly made that climate change action is not attempting to modify the natural progression of the earths systems.
The response to COVID -19 has left lasting negative effects on too many American's and the world. Such an intrusive solution to any problem should never be employed out of caution. Moving forward I would strongly support a formal process to verify the potential of any problem which would require such an intrusive solution even far less intrusive than the COVID-19 response should be fully verified and a consensus made between the public and the government that the problem requires such an intrusive solution. I would recommend 65% or more public support required before any intrusive solution.
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