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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 42

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 Varona Village, a portion of Ewa, a portion of Kapolei, Fernandez VillageHow 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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    Diamond GARCIA
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    Lori GOEAS
    (Dem)

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    Sharon E. HAR
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    Anthony Makana PARIS
    (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 goeas@lorigoeas.com
Campaign Phone (808) 256-5933
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. BOX 75559
Kapolei, HI 96707
I have lived and served our community for 22 years. I've been married for 24 years and have raised three children in Kapolei. I know our District; more importantly, I know the people of our District. With a solid record of professional accomplishments and a history of dedicated public service, I want to put people before politics. I want policies and legislation supporting and protecting Hawaii's hardworking families. I value community and intend to listen and lead with integrity seeking common-sense long-term sustainable solutions to strengthen Hawaii. My experiences demonstrate my commitment to the ideals of democracy, excellence, equity, self-determination, and individual liberties.
As a leader, we have a responsibility to lead with integrity. Transparency continues to be a goal when combating corruption; however, I would couple transparency with education for both legislators and the public. Greater accountability must be a shared responsibility in ridding corruption out of our state. As always, I would lead by example, making bold decisions as I have with our campaign—I am not accepting funds from all Unions, Political Action Committees, and large corporations.
We must continue to expand our understanding and collective responsibility to care for our valuable ecosystems and resources to secure a resilient and sustainable Hawaii. I will work for high-impact actions that include getting 100% carbon-free, promoting sustainable communities, and prioritizing a transition plan to protect our coastlines, the families, and the facilities aligned to these coastlines. We must act boldly, innovate broadly, and equitably when caring for our land, water, air, and each other. A green future is a prosperous and sustainable future!
I trust our leaders did the best they could during an unprecedented crisis; however, I believe there were certainly opportunities to improve the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a statewide emergency proclamation, all residents must be informed of why mandates are being instituted. The public also did not know how or what data was used to guide decisions, as there were no consistent metrics. In a statewide proclamation, handling the crisis could have been improved by better communication, consistency of mandates throughout our island chain, and transparency of the decision-making process.
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Campaign Email makana4house@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (808)398-2468
Aloha: I’m Anthony Makana Paris. I was raised in Nanakuli, grew up farming & fishing, and live in Kapolei. I’m from a labor family and work in labor advocacy. I studied engineering at MIT, theology with the Jesuits, and law at UH.I've worked with grassroots and community leaders fracross our state. I serve as Chair of the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board, Treasurer of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and on the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Board.

Our communities see grueling traffic, unaffordable housing, food insecurity, job shortages, old infrastructure, and struggling schools. Together, we can meet these challenges and leave Hawaii better for keiki.
I fully support stemming corruption and the appearance of corruption at the legislature. I support prohibiting legislators from accepting campaign contributions while in session. This could be done by restricting legislators from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions during session, fully funding the Hawaii Ethics Commission so that it may investigate all disclosures of financial conflicts of interest, requiring a recorded vote by committee members on any bill deferral, and requiring a hearing for any bill that secured introduction by most legislators. Legislators should be doing the people’s work, not fundraising, during sessions.
As an MIT-trained Environmental Engineer and a policy analyst, I have experience working with the counties, state agencies, and community stakeholders to investigate and pursue solutions for the effects of climate change in Hawaii.

I support zoning that encourages a mauka retreat, shoreline buffers through parks and estuaries, raised roads and bridges, airport and harbors protections, robust watershed management, reforestation, and creation of new reefs. We should seek federal resources to protect our islands and give the tourist industry a direct way to kokua.

Drawing upon our local experience, community wisdom, Native Hawaiian tradition, and global best practices, we will prevail.
I would be gracious to our elected leaders, especially during a time of crisis, because oftentimes they have to act with incomplete information and make impossible choices. As such, I believe that we should support the positive efforts of our State and Counties that cared for our communities during these unprecedented times. I support developing protocols for testing sewage effluent as a detection system for community spread of COVID in future outbreaks. Our government’s online and technical infrastructure needs improvement to handle new protocols for social-distancing, virtual engagement, and public service provision. Our schools need solutions to ensure our keiki reach their potential.