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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 28

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: Sand Island, ChinatownHow 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 (2020): $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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    Ernest CARAVALHO
    (AA)

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    Robert Mikala ARMSTRONG
    (Dem)

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    Ken FARM
    (Dem)

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    Daniel HOLT
    (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 808-371-3840
My age and wisdom make me qualified for this office. I am a U.S. Air Force Veteran; I am the former Vice Chair of Neighborhood 13 and a sitting board member of Neighborhood Board 13. I am the President of the Honolulu Chinatown Lions club, the Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, An Officer for the Aloha Chapter of the Knights of Rizal and an appointed officer of the Hawaiian Lodge Free and Accepted Masons. All of this plus me schooling in paralegal make me more than qualified.

I am running to help our residents retake our district so we can be safe without fearing anyone.
It is sad that Hawaii is the only state in which both legislative and executive branches are perceived to be very corrupt. With this being said we need to make sure that all members abide by the sunshine law. We need to extend our legislative session so our lawmakers can review bills without having to do secret meetings that end up creating backdoor deals. We must strengthen our ethic laws to hold our lawmaker accountable for their actions.
We need to work on developing a climate change policy that would help Hawaii adjust to climate change. We alone cannot stop climate change. I would like to push ahead a UH study from Judith Stilgenbauer. She said something that I have agreed with for so long “So, anticipating climate change rather than thinking of it as post disaster recovery, planning and design.” We need to re-think how we build and where we build and how we use this climate change as a positive to rebuild our shorelines.
I believe that we actually did a better job than most places in the U.S. did. Unfortunately, there is little we can do when closing air traffic into Hawaii something I would have done early in the pandemic. We had advanced warning as covid went westwards around the world making Hawaii one of the last places to see the rise and fall of this devastating virus. So, stopping all travel in and out of Hawaii is something I would have done allowing our people to still be able to serve the local population.
My career has been about service, so this race is a natural extension of that ethos. After an award-winning career as a television anchor and reporter, I went on to run numerous public radio and television stations around the country, taught young people for twenty years, and served as a top executive for at least three well-known local non-profit organizations for the past eight years. I was the first marketing director for the first highly successful 'Summit on Homelessness' and served on the Neighborhood Board for the past four years, where I was the most prolific writer of resolutions.
Simply, put, all fundraising during the legislative season must be prohibited as well as "gut and replace" practices. In the absence of stronger legislation to reveal PAC funding in Hawaiian elections, I would recommend an ALL public financing approach. In addition, I propose the immediate establishment of a State Capitol Media Office, operated by a third-party non-profit entity, to produce unbiased daily reports (online, print and broadcast) of the day's activities and votes. In this way, voters will have complete and timely information about activities of current bills and lawmakers.
A new lawmaker can only be so effective on this issue in 100 days. However, my commitment to climate change is real as I do not own a vehicle and try to lead a plant-based life. I also am very concerned that recycling here is either paralyzed or ineffective in the Islands. In short, a new approach is needed that realistically and truthfully addresses the current 'state of (recycling) affairs' in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Besides reorganizing and reworking our approach to aluminium, the current State approach of disposing of large appliances by consumers is NOT working as is.
While I was not a fan of the extended emergency powers used by the Governor, I think the overall performance of our State was safe and strong, as evidenced by our relatively low death rate. However, the impact of our safety did severely damage our economy which has clearly not recovered. In order to fix this, we need to move resources to once again support small businesses in areas outside of Waikiki, and in particular, in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. I would also support the permanent suspension of all taxes on grocery food sales and unemployment compensation until further notice.
Campaign Mailing Address Honolulu , HI 96817
The motivation that I have to run for office is the need to have policies that make sense throughout the state. In the area of Kalihi-Palama where I live, I have not seen the problems but housing and homelessness get any better. There is a lot of talk about how we hope to solve problems or platitudes, but when it comes to action there is no movement. I come from a mindset of asking the questions that get to the heart of a matter and then creating the mechanisms that allow a certain action or prevent actions from taking place. Having extensive community and mental health experience I understand the importance of education and look at education as a spectrum and the necessity of having an educ
The best way to address corruption is by ensuring that we elect ethical leaders but also by keeping the public more informed, this can be done but increasing the funding for programs such as PAR (Public Access Room) at the state capitol. During the shutdown I have seen this agency go beyond in engaging education and outreach keeping Hawaii residents informed and providing timely information about activities of current bills and lawmakers. Additionally, we must ensure the increasing the operating budget of a small yet important department known as the Hawaii State Office of Ombudsman. This office independently and impartially investigates complaints against state and county agencies and empl
I support legislation with the intent to invest in responsible green technology that will help us meet our clean energy goals. Innovations such as biofuels, vertical farming in urban areas, and examining the various plans that are in the works or have been discussed previously to determine if they are both practical and relevant or has technology shifted toward a more robust approach. I would work within the legislature to allocate more resources to these projects that show promise and are innovative. This can help stimulate the economy and help us create jobs and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.
I support legislation with the intent to invest in responsible green technology that will help us meet our clean energy goals. Innovations such as biofuels, vertical farming in urban areas, and examining the various plans that are in the works or have been discussed previously to determine if they are both practical and relevant or has technology shifted toward a more robust approach. I would work within the legislature to allocate more resources to these projects that show promise and are innovative. This can help stimulate the economy and help us create jobs and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and
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