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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 12

Duties: The Hawaii State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Waikiki, Ala Moana, KakaakoHow Elected: The senate consists of 25 members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. A Senator must be a Hawaii resident for not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the senatorial 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: Four 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; Senate President - $70,104

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    Blake BOYD

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    Sharon Y. MORIWAKI

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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Serving as Senator, I’ve worked on problems that my neighbors and I struggle with – crime, affordable housing, homelessness, protecting kupuna to age at home, helping keiki to thrive, protecting our shoreline, and more. Serving on the housing, health, and ways & means committees and chairing the government operations committee, I helped pass these and other bills important to the district. While I couldn’t meet during the pandemic, I still kept in touch with Emessages. I am running again because there is still more we must, can, and should do as a community for our community and the state.
Stop "pay to play." We should fine and publicize all violators of the law. A start is recently-passed HB1475 that mandates ethics training of legislators, executive department heads, and others. We also passed SB555 that prohibits fundraising by any state or county elected official during the legislative session. We should revisit SB2930 next session, which would have established an anti-corruption/white collar crime investigation and prosecution unit in the Department of the Attorney General. The legislature appropriated the AG with staff and funding so it hopefully may be addressed.
Iʻll continue to support Greenhouse Gas reducing programs, e.g., state purchase or rental of electric vehicles; mitigating/adapting sea level rise in state-owned buildings; teleworking. My district began last year to discuss impacts of sea level rise, combining science, technology and community; and we will work on a Waikiki adaptation & resilence plan. In special improvement districts like Waikiki, we can fund environmental research, natural resource management and climate change/sea level rise adaptation. I will also support the state's Hi2050 Sustainability goals and initiatives.
Yes definitely. The Stateʻs response took too long, hid information the public needed to know, and left us guessing and afraid, which led the senate and house to create special COVID committees. I served on the Senate committee focusing on the administrationʻs actions. Lessons learned: The state should be more open and transparent in sharing data with experts and in networking among state departments, counties, the university, and community agencies; establish and share metrics and data on outbreaks, causes and treatment; and recruit and train epidemiology and community outreach staff.