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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 27

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: Pacific Heights, Nuuanu, a portion of Makiki HeightsHow 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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    Gary GILL

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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?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

Campaign Phone (808)523-7675
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 23338
Honolulu, HI 96823
I have served the people of Hawaii as member and Chair of the Honolulu City Council. Two governors appointed me to administer environmental protection programs for the State of Hawaii. My experience includes nonprofit organizations such as Hiipaka (owning and operating Waimea Valley), the Blue Planet Foundation, Kokua Kalihi Valley and the Sierra Club. When a hotel worker, I was elected shop steward to represent the housekeeping employees at Sheraton Waikiki. Born and raised on Oahu and educated in the public schools, I grew up in island politics as my father served in the territorial House, US Congress and Lt. Gov. I will bring a life of service and proven leadership to the Legislature.
I only accept political donations from individuals. I will continue to push to remove the power of private funding from island politics. I support the expanding of public funding for bona fide candidates. I support making elected representatives full-time and banning outside employment and income. Conflict of interest should be declared and representatives with a conflict should abstain from voting. More sunshine should be applied to the legislative process especially in committee agenda setting and conference committee decision making.
Hawaii has some great clean energy goals but there is much yet to be done to meet those goals. We will need to invest hugely to protect, or move our public infrastructure to accommodate rising seas and inland flooding. Drinking water, wastewater, public roads and utilities are under threat. We need to move back from the shoreline in most places and protect what we cannot move. I will push for adequate annual funding for these changes. Expanding our conservation, waste reduction, recycling and clean energy programs is vital to our islands.
I think Hawaii did pretty well considering the complexity of the global pandemic and the limited resources available to deal with it. We could have been more clear about the need to wear masks over time. We could have better confronted the anti-science conspiracy movement to limit its appeal to worried and skeptical citizenry. In the future, a stockpile of supplies will help support a timely response. The Department of Health is tragically under staffed to communicate broadly and well in a time of crisis. More support for frontline workers like teachers and medical professionals is needed. Essential workers, like hotel workers, were left exposed and their families at risk.
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