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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 13

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: Pacific Heights, Chinatown, and a portion IwileiHow 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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    Kapono Aluli SOUZA

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    Michelle KWOCK

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    Karl RHOADS

Biographical Information

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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?

Twitter @@kaponohawaii
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone 8084605080
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 37876
Honolulu , Hi 96837
I am a parent, educator, and small business owner. I meet all requirements to run for office in Hawaii and am a registered voter in my District of Nu‘uanu, Pu‘unui, Pauoa, Puowaina, Pacific Heights, Palama, Liliha, Iwilei, Chinatown, and Downtown.
Support the next governor to help Identify pathologies and bad actors within all City and State departments. Enforce sunshine laws. Eliminate "gut and replace" legislation.
Hawaii is at the most risk in the coming decades. This is a heavy lift. Urge all stakeholders to participate in a direct and sustained manner. Spotlight Hawaiʻiʻs insecurity and call to action by hosting annual climate crisis summit for all Pacific rim countries. Amend, sunset, or streamline laws that encumber development of green technologies. Incentivize construction industry to transition to green, architecture, materials, & methodologies. Plant industrial wealth crops such as hemp and bamboo.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic that fundamentally changed our worldview on health and well-being. We all get sick from time-to-time and that is normal. Our personal choices should reflect back to us how we choose to interact with those around us and put others first. We are fortunate to have in place existing options available to bring us back to health quickly but we should also adopt a position of how can I take ownership and remain as healthy and able bodied as possible by practicing safety first. Proper Sanitation, rest, good nutrition, exercise, and mental health are excellent preventative measures and have a major positive impact on our bodies first line of defense.
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Twitter @@KarlRhoads1
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Campaign Phone 808-271-5995
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 37443
Honolulu, HI 96837
I'm running because I can do a good job of representing the voters of District 13 and the State. I'm an experienced legislator and will hit the ground running if reelected. My work experience is wide-ranging from being a farmhand, to a salesman in an electronics store, to washing dishes in a senior care home, to practicing law and working as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. With that varied work experience comes empathy and sympathy for people from all walks of life.
As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I have long been a supporter of election reforms including public financing, vote by mail, same day voter registration, better enforcement of our campaign spending laws, and more transparency about money coming into our elections.
Economists of all political stripes agree that a carbon tax is the most effective way to combat carbon emissions. A carbon tax works even if you give back all the money collected in tax credits because people will still try to avoid spending money on highly carbon intensive goods or services. I have introduced carbon tax bills in the past and I plan to introduce another one if reelected. Other areas that need attention are retreating from the shoreline including moving transportation arteries inland and preparing for more frequent hurricanes.
Yes, we should have calibrated penalties for violations of emergency orders sooner. When the pandemic started, any violation was a misdemeanor which isn't really appropriate for a mask violation for example. A bill of mine did pass in 2021 that corrected this mistake, but it would have been better if we had acted sooner. Also, suspending our open records law was a mistake. If anything, people needed more information during the pandemic, not less. A bill was passed this last session that addresses this concern. Having said that, compared to most states, Hawaii handled the pandemic well.