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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 25

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: Ala Moana, KakaakoHow 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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    Rob NOVAK

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    Kim Coco IWAMOTO

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    Scott K. SAIKI

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?

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Twitter @@votekimcoco
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone (808)664-3830
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 22136
Honolulu, HI 96823
I am a small business owner and a mom; my daughter attends Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary School. The number one issue of concern for most in my district is homelessness; everyone agrees it has gotten exponentially worse over the past 28 years. Two solutions the legislature failed to implement are: 1) ensuring we have sufficient housing that people can actually afford, and 2) more access to mental health services, including drug treatment. We can pay for these by imposing a surcharge on empty-homes. Too many out-of-state investors keep their habitable dwellings vacant, which means fewer long-term rentals for local families and less foot traffic for neighborhood businesses.
Legislative leaders chose to continue “pay-to-play” influence-peddling and welcoming legal bribes (campaign contributions) during the legislative session. The legislature exempted itself from State Sunshine Laws and State Ethics Laws - these exemptions must be repealed. Financial conflicts of interests should not be waived. Lawmakers working as private practice attorneys should not hold leadership positions because “attorney-client privilege” bars them from disclosing who may be paying them to pass or kill bills. If the two legislative leaders busted for taking bribes were also attorneys, those envelopes of cash could have been accepted as “retainers for legal services."

I appreciate the urgency embedded in this question. We need to speed up the reduction of GHG emissions by 1) increasing incentives for the use of PV and micro wind turbines, 2) reducing the volume of plastics (made of fossil fuels) incinerated and 3) expanding our capacity to compost and grow food. Oahu is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels (80%), imported food and visitor arrivals. I will work to halt construction within seawater inundation zones and relocate existing infrastructure in these areas. Raising the foundation of new buildings still leaves sewage & electrical lines submerged. This will allow current residents in the district to preserve what views they have left.
When the pandemic began, before testing and vaccines, many of us were shocked that the airline CEO on the Special House Committee was selling discount flights from COVID-hotspots to Hawaii. Our benchmark of success should be the island nation of New Zealand. NZ has nearly 4M more residents than Hawaii, but they had 200 less COVID deaths. NZ’s unemployment rate peaked at 5%, Hawaii’s rate peaked at 22%. Hoarding $22.5M of COVID tests, then destroying them, was shameful. We were supposed to emerge from the pandemic with a more diverse, circular economy that was less dependent on imported food. Our leaders wasted this opportunity; we are back to relying on over-tourism.

Campaign Phone 808-200-1436
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 12022
Honolulu, HI 96828
I can get results for our community and our state. I understand the concerns of people who live here in the community with me and know that they want to build a community that is safe, affordable and enjoyable. I listen to peoples’ concerns and take action. For example, working with residents we reformed the HCDA to make it more responsive to residents’ concerns; fought the Chun Brothers for 7 years to take back our Kaka’ako roads; created the Ala Moana-Kaka’ako security watch when crime increased; started road repairs; funded a new crosswalk to protect parents and children; funded a new dog park for the thousands of pets in our community. I want to thank all of the residents for initiating
Following the legislative corruption indictments, I asked the House to create an independent commission to assess and recommend improvements to our ethics laws. The House members agreed, which serves as a testament to their acknowledgment that we need to improve government. The commission is chaired by Judge Dan Foley and consists of the League of Women Voters, Common Cause Hawaii, the State Ethics Commission, the Campaign Spending Commission, the former U.S. Attorney for Hawaii, and House GOP leader Barbara Marumoto. The commission began meeting in March and will issue final recommendations in December. Its scope includes ethics, elections, campaign finance, criminal prosecution, fraud, and
Our House leadership team took the lead to enact the 100% renewable energy mandate in 2014, meaning Hawaii was the first state to require that all electricity be generated from renewable sources. I have always felt that we need to do more to encourage residents and businesses to build panels, and especially solar panels on their rooftops. Solar panels may be one of the easiest ways to make significant gains toward reaching our 100% goal. I would like to find ways to enable more residential solar panels, especially in communities that have lower numbers of panels than in other communities.
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