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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 20

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: Kahala, Kaalawai, a portion of Waialae, a portion of Kaimuki, a portion of KapahuluHow 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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    Consuelo (Liz) ANDERSON
    (Rep)

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    Jessica (Priya) CAIAZZO
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    Bertrand (Bert) KOBAYASHI
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    James LOGUE
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Campaign Email bkobay@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (808) 732-2655
Campaign Mailing Address 3325 Maunaloa Ave
Apt C
Honolulu, HI 96816
My family has lived in the same Kaimuki location for over 100 years, so I know my district and Hawaii better than most; I have both academic [Ph.D., political science, Michigan State University] and practical knowledge of how the Legislature works, and have written, helped pass and helped kill numerous bills over the years. I've worked hard to improve bills by making helpful amendments, rarely missing a committee hearing during my career, and worked to improve the legislative process, including of recent, providing freshman House members with an informal orientation with personal follow-ups.
Having a widely available voter information guide, which I proposed this year, and thereby helping to elect good people is one way to stop corruption. Changing campaign finance laws, including public financing of elections, lower campaign donation limits, and less accumulation of campaign funds including transferring funds from one elective office to another, could also stop corruption. Term limits for legislators, which I proposed this year, could also help to stop corruption. Term limits prevent people from becoming entrenched in their opinions and positions of power.
Climate change is caused more by world-wide practices, not Hawaii specific practices, hence Hawaii should focus on adapting to climate change here more than trying to change world-wide practices. Two Hawaii priorities are shoreline erosion and maintaining Hawaii's watershed, especially Oahu's. Highways, harbors, Honolulu airport, shoreline structures should be protected or moved in-land. Our watershed has experienced continuing less rainfall over the past 15+ years and need better management, more plantings, more fencing and invasive species reduction consistently over the long run.
Yes, Hawaii's Covid response could have been improved, given hindsight is better than foretelling the future. But looking forward, not backward, Hawaii should double-down on widely accepted safe practices including masking, distancing, remote working, more vaccinations and boosters, etc. with prevention given priority, not post-Covid treatment. Preventing Covid among children, elderly, and susceptible groups should have high priority. Strong consideration should be given to a combination of 'carrot-and-stick' policies, not a passive, let-everyone-do-what-they-want-to-do approach.
Campaign Email votelogue@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 808-489-0792
My background and experience combined with having a long term vision for ALL residents and local businesses would bring a fresh perspective to our State Legislature. I'm running for office because I do not feel like the needs and wishes of residents are being addressed. We need leaders who stand up and fight for legislation and policies that benefit the residents and local business owners for once.
One thing I think should be banned is lawmakers meeting lobbyists outside of the Capitol building at lunches, fancy dinners, cocktail parties, etc. We should also get rid of candidate campaign bank accounts and move to a publicly funded election process. This would eliminate the massive influence special interest groups have in our legislative process.
In the first 100 days I will meet with organizations that have been on the front lines of protecting our environment and see what tools, resources, and legislation they feel can help the state maintain a healthy and livable ecosystem. I will also meet with universities to hear from their experts what they see the impacts of climate change are having on the islands and what they believe can protect us from issues such as sea level rise, increasing storms, etc. With this information and more in depth understanding of environmental concerns I can then work with fellow legislators on drafting legislation to address the issues.
I feel that the response could have been better if government, businesses, workers, and residents were all on the same page. There were too many different rules and waivers for rules for different government departments and branch as well as for big box stores and small businesses. The rules were not in sync and this created contention and anger among many in Hawaii.