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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 46

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: Portion of Waipio Acres, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, a portion of Waialua, MokuleiaHow 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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    John E. MILLER

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    Amy A. PERRUSO

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 Email
Campaign Phone 808-940-7703
Campaign Mailing Address 16 Kalie Street
Wahiawa, HI 96786
I have lived, worked and served in House District 46 since 2012 (Wahiawa). I have a masters degree in ministry and have been serving people as a pastor for 26 years. I will support and defend the rights of parents to be involved in the education process of their children. I will support law and order by helping the police officers get the resources they need and by opposing any legislation that promotes no bail for people arrested for crimes against local community citizens. I will present solutions to the homeless crisis that are both compassionate to the homeless and protect the citizens in the areas where the homeless are located. I will advocate for the vulnerable Keiki and Kupuna.
I will hold the people who are involved in corruption accountable. I will work with others to find solutions that provide more transparency in the legislative process. I will seek ways to raise public awareness about the people who are chronic abusers of givng and receiving favors and monetary kickbacks for supporting particular legislation. I will do everything in my power with the help of others to expose and oppose bullies in the legislature. There are those who have used their political powers to manipulate the system and get bills passed by intimidation and coercion. These incidents have been documented by the Star Advertiser and the Civil Beat and yet the people face no accountability.
I will study to become more familiar with the Hawaii Coastal Erosion Management Plan (COEMAP) published by the Department of Land and Natural Resouces. Then I will see if I could help with legislatiion that would help reduce the erosion of our beaches. Next, I will find ways to help reduce the traffic congetsion on the Hawaii highways. Such as making public tranporation more accesible and affordable. Then I will seek out the most prominent experts in the field and form a taskforce to uncover practical and affordable solutions the major issues caused by climate change in Hawaii. I am not a scientist but I have a hunger for knowlege. I am willing and able to face the challenges that we have.
Yes. I believe the extended lockdowns of the local businesses and schools have caused long term damage to Hawaii and its citizens that we have yet to fully understand. First, small businesses were shutdown while the larger big boxes were allowed to remain open. Many businesses were closed never to be opened again. Some where several generations old. The extneded delay of the opening of the public school system caused many students to loose potential athletic scholarships and put them a year behind in their educational process. I saw students playing sports wearing mask gasping for air. I would have followed the science and given the people the right to make informed decisions for themselves.
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Twitter @@amyperruso
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Campaign Phone 8083510980
Campaign Mailing Address 1818 EAMES ST
A longtime resident of District 46, I spent almost 20 years as an NBCT AP social studies teacher in Hawaii public schools, serving as the HSTA Secretary-Treasurer and as the only secondary teacher on the Governor’s Blueprint for Education Task Force. Currently completing my second term, I first  served as Vice-Chair on the Committee for Lower and Higher Education, and currently serve as the Vice Chair of Agriculture, as a member of the Finance and Energy/ Environmental Protection committees, and as Co-Convener of the Keiki Caucus. I am also humbled to serve as Co-Chair of the Hawaii State Judiciary’s PACE Commission. I am running for reelection to continue my work with and for my community.
Growing cynicism, connected to a lack of confidence in government, is the core issue facing my community. In response to this malaise, I continue to reject all campaign contributions more than $100 from corporate PACs and lobbyists, as well as from the executives of luxury and out-of-state developers, major landowners, hotel conglomerates, energy monopolies, multinational GMO seed companies and military contractors. I encourage my colleagues to, at minimum, take the Our Hawaii pledge. I am also working with my colleagues on campaign finance reform and legislation that would repeal the exemption of legislators from critical ethics guidelines and Sunshine Law requirements.
I will be introducing legislation to dramatically increase public investment in green energy shifts in our agriculture and transportation sectors. I will be supporting investment in sustainable farming practices and regenerative aquaculture that sequester carbon and supporting food sovereignty to address our contribution to global climate emissions stemming from import dependence. I will be also be introducing legislation to accelerate development of our farm-to-state infrastructure and to start a process of managed retreat for all public infrastructure located along vulnerable coastlines, along with strengthening public schools in preparation for more frequent and intense climate events.
Although I very much appreciated the Governor's leadership during those very trying early months, I do think that the state's response around DLIR unemployment benefits and provision of necessary public health protection was very much hampered by the longterm starvation of the public sphere created by fiscal conservatives in positions of decision-making power. I also think that it was ludicrous to force teachers to come in to schools to teach remotely in the early part of the pandemic - that was a serious indication of lack of trust and failure to treat teachers as professionals. We also should have been more careful and stronger in the face of pressure of the tourism industry to reopen.