Hawaii State Senator, Dist 20
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: Iroquois Point, Ewa Beach, and a portion of EwaHow 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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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?
In the 4 years that I have been Senator and the Senate Minority Leader, I have been successful working across the aisle to secure over $20 million for the James Campbell Complex area schools. Today, the long-awaited new softball and baseball fields stand ready to launch the 2023 seasons. I have made immediate positive impacts to address long standing safety concerns, by working with DOT and DTS to install raised cross walks and safety equipment along the very busy Hanakahi St and Fort Weaver Rd fronting area schools. I am the most knowledgeable, with the skill to deliver the funding and projects within my first term.
I support the need for term limits. I have called for a study and look forward to meaningful discussions about what type of terms would be most effective to ensure the legislature can accomplish what it needs to serve their community effectively. I also welcome a discussion about restricting fundraising to a certain time frame throughout the year.
I call for the immediate action that all federal, state and city government buildings secure contracts to install photovoltaic energy generation systems and/or battery storage systems at their sites by 2024. I have supported the types of alternative energy generating projects that best fits my communities. I will support investments for building the infrastructure the state needs to encourage private businesses to invest in projects to ensure the State of Hawaii can be sustainable.
The pandemic was a very dynamic situation often requiring daily adjustments as people were dying quickly around the world. I believe the strict response saved many lives in Hawaii. The strict response also made Hawaii one of the safest states in the nation for the rest of the world to come back and visit. The one improvement I would like to see immediately with the next administration is the elimination of the mixed messages amongst cabinet leaders. The mix messages and political jockeying for attention caused confusion and a disservice to our people.
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