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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 15

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: Sand Island, Mokauea Island, Kahakaaulana Island, Ford Island, and the portion of the island of Oahu including Keehi Lagoon, Kalihi Kai, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, a portion of Pearl City, and a portion of WaipahuHow 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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    Lorene A. GODFREY
    (Rep)

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    Glenn WAKAI
    (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 Email godfrey4hawaii@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 8083870372
Campaign Mailing Address P. O. Box 37194
Honolulu, HI 96837
I have followed politics in Hawaii for decades and I believe that our systems have been compromised by corruption and power. When we find out that high ranking officials have taken advantage of their power to the point of being arrested and convicted of serious crimes, I have to believe it's time for a change. We need to clean house. I hold conservative values of limited government, non-partisan collaboration and partnerships, accountability, and innovation. I believe that integrity matters, and our state government needs new ideas to address serious problems like homelessness, affordable housing, hunger, and regulations favorable to businesses. We have an obligation to do better.
I believe we will need to have a close look at systems and procedures in a number of departments. It seems that the citizens of Hawaii are not getting the best from them. I would begin by having conversations with the department heads to ask what they need to improve their services. Take the Tax Department for example, Why is it that the data bases and systems cannot track businesses for non-filing and non-payment of revenue? Why is it that the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands cannot grant Hawaiian families the leased lands that they are entitled to? Why are the members of the Board of Education appointed ?
There is a lot about climate change that I am not acquainted with. I love the ocean. I love our volcano. I would like to explore future development of energy sources with the ocean and geothermal.
When COVID arrived, an immediate response was needed to protect everyone, and our leaders did their best. I believe that the limitless Executive Orders by the Governor demanding closed businesses and schools ran on for too long. Perhaps the health officials could have spent more time finding best practices elsewhere in the world for medicines or treatments that have now been shown to provide answers. Certainly, following the CDC and Federal guidelines was a massive undertaking, and I would not take away from our leaders the fact that they were compelled to follow the guidelines. I would prefer that the health experts would be inclined to do more research and represent their solutions.
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