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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 19

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: Laulaunui Island and the portion of the island of Oahu including a portion of Pearl City, a portion of Waipahu, Honouliuli, and a portion of Fernandez VillageHow 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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    Henry J.C. AQUINO
    (Dem)

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    Roger CLEMENTE
    (Dem)

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 Phone (808) 780-9157
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 970081
Waipahu, HI 96797
My name is Henry Aquino and I am running for the State Senate, District 19 seat which encompasses Pearl City, Waipahu, West Loch Estates, Honouliuli and Hoopili. I offer my candidacy to continue to make meaningful differences for our communities. Since 2008, I served as State Representative for District 38 (Waipahu) and District 35 (Waipahu, Crestview, Seaview). This year, we addressed our housing needs by infusing huge investments in housing, assisted our working families and focused on core needs of our communities. If elected, I will continue to work hard to make sure we can continue to bounce back economically and to continue to provide the support our communities need.
There are several ways to ensure our current system of governance can be open and transparent to reduce the implications of corruption. First, the banning of all contributions during the legislative session. Secondly, continue to allow in-person and virtual access to committee hearings and floor session proceedings. Lastly, mandatory ethics training either annually or twice a year will help to keep all executive and legislative officials accountable and reduce the possibilities of corruption and unethical behavior.
There have been many initiatives pushed to move Hawaii closer to energy sustainability and decreasing our state's need for fossil fuels. We should continue to work with our next administration's state department heads and agencies along with certain commissions to further mitigate our islands' vulnerability to climate change and particularly, sea level rise.
Yes, the overall pandemic response could be improved for any emergencies we may face in the future. The communication lines and decision-making authorities should be clearly defined to avoid miscommunication and confusion among key leaders both in the public and private sectors and most importantly, the general public. Allow the State Dept. of Health and HI-EMA more latitude to operate and manage daily operations and to assess needs and supplies necessary. Contact tracing programming including planning should be assigned accordingly to maximize implementation and evaluation. Lastly, consistent public education campaigns should be sustained to remind residents to be careful and vigilant.
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