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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 41

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 Ewa Beach, Barbers PointHow 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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    David A. ALCOS III
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    Daniel P. (Dan) WADE
    (Rep)

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    Matthew S. (Matt) LOPRESTI
    (Dem)

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?

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Campaign Email danwade4ewa@yahoo.com
Campaign Phone (808) 298-4041
Campaign Mailing Address 91-739 poloula Place
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
I have lived in Hawaii for several years and have been a service plumber on the island for over 20 years. Over time I heard about thoughts and complaints my customers have when doing home service calls. Taking the troubles and concern to heart I asked myself how I could make that situation better, and usually have an answer, my position isn't about a political party it's about community and getting back to loving our neighborhoods. Knowing our neighbors.
I am a believer of see something say something. I can only control what I am aware of and do my best to either expose or deal with the situation in other channels.
I have several ideas for my community but nothing climate effecting. Other than installing more speed humps to control the speeding in our neighbor hoods.
This is something I can't comment on. I wasn't privileged to be informed or knew how other heads were informed. I was like you all on the outside looking in.
Public service is a calling for me. Our community needs someone with a proven record of accomplishments. We need someone who can work well with leadership to bring home the resources needed, but who also isn't afraid to be a strong voice for the people of Hawaii and what matters most to them. People all over my district, from all backgrounds and political persuasions have asked me to represent them again for these very reasons. They know that I understand the issues and that I am an effective fighter for our community, especially our schools. I feel that it is my duty to step up and give of myself to my community and that I am the best person for the job and I humbly ask for your vote.
While bribery, corruption, & abuse of power are already illegal & morally wrong, it is incumbent upon lawmakers to eliminate even the appearance of corruption or unfairness in government. We need to ban fundraising during the legislative session and implement reasonable term limits which will root out any entrenched legislators who, after many terms in very powerful positions may begin to feel above the law. We also need stronger laws regarding lobbyist reporting requirements. I have introduced over 75 good government & ethics legislation including even before the corruption scandal was reported upon. In a democracy there is little more important than the public's trust in government.
Protecting the environment is a driving personal and public concern for me. I served on our local Sierra Club’s Executive Board for two terms before I first ran for office and I also teach Environmental Ethics courses at my university.

High-density housing is increasing in areas we know will be underwater in just a few decades. It would be madness to not begin having the necessary, but uncomfortable conversations about which areas, if any, we are going to either try to save with drastic measures (e.g., the urban core?) or retreat from the shores. We need to codify the foundations for managed retreat now, while keeping in mind social injustices that may go along with this sort of policy.
Even when things went well the communication was confusing & conflicted with messaging from the counties, schools, etc. Clear communication is key as are uniform policies so that people know what to expect. There were time benchmarks were set up and then later set aside or ignored for political reasons. We should always follow the science and objective facts so that everyone knows what to expect and so that we have a common ground from which to make decisions.