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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 49

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: Portion of Kaneohe, Puohala Village, MaunawiliHow 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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    Scot MATAYOSHI
    (Dem)

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    Kana NAIPO
    (Dem)

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    Shawn L. RICHEY
    (Dem)

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    Kilomana DANNER
    (Rep)

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?

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Campaign Phone 8084794627
Campaign Mailing Address 45-071 Waiape Place
Kaneohe, HI 96744
As of lately many people have been unhappy with our current representative. I have the skills and experience to lead. This would be my second time running as a representative, but this time I'm running as a democrat rather than a non-partisan.
Transparency is key. Government should be held accountable. Encourage public participation. The judiciary system should be more stringent with corruption in the private sector.
Support bills that directly address the threats of climate change. Stumping out pollution. Work towards safe and renewable energies that is more affordable.
At this point, it doesn't matter. Should'a, could'a, would'a is not going to help. Pointing fingers will not help either. We all learned a grave lesson from COVID and that message was well received. We people rely on our leaders to guide and protect us.
Campaign Email voteshawnrichey@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 8084660133
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 4450
Kaneohe, HI 96744
I am a product of Oahu; I possess all the respect, strength, determination and love that makes Hawai'i special. My gifts are in supporting others to succeed. From sports, to military service, to church and my career I have always found the most success in making others successful. I have a strong contracts, ethics and administrative background from my time as a paralegal specialist in the military and a purchasing manager for local government. My experience, heart and deep roots in this place makes me ideal to step up and lead. I believe it is time for new and respectful leadership to put people first and promote the idea that we can do better. I am running for my children and their future.
I have worked in legislative session, the executive branch and the University of Hawaii. I have seen how political capital is moved and exchanged and understand its function. The key to limiting corruption is appropriate checks and balances to keep leaders accountable. For Legislators that balance should be with the people they serve. There will always be advocate groups, lobbyists, unions and other influential powers in legislative session and those bias perspectives must be balanced against the will of the people. I will focus my efforts on creating and sustaining reliable feedback mechanisms including town hall meetings and in session surveys to keep me accountable to the people I serve.
I would like to see efforts like Full Cycle Takeout and other existing programs to reduce waste take root around the islands. For my district I would like to see the overgrown streams and storm run off infrastructure cleared of debris to ensure that no unnecessary damage comes if a storm were to hit. I would also like to see more robust household and business recycling requirements and composting education across the state. I believe we need to ensure the basics are covered and everyone understands and has the opportunity to do their part before moving on to more robust government action, if any.
When I contracted symptomatic Covid I was told by DOH to isolate, rest, hydrate and if it gets bad enough go to the hospital. While I appreciate the preventive measures promoted there was little to nothing done to address treatment and mitigation while sick. I worked with respiratory therapists, nurses and wellness professionals during my illness to get assistance with breathing positions and exercises, vitamin schedules and nasal care which greatly improved my experience while sick. I think that being supportive while people are ill and post recovery would go a long way toward improving mental health outcomes associated with C-19.
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