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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 39

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: Laulaunui Island, Royal Kunia, a portion of Waipahu, Honouliuli, a portion of Lower 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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    Austin L.S. MAGLINTI
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    Elijah PIERICK
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    Jamaica A. (Mai) CULLEN
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    Corey ROSENLEE
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    Kevin Kupihea WILSON
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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By lowering the cost of living, boosting community safety and services, and developing schools for the future, I aim to establish a community that is genuinely a "home." The growing cost of living has significantly affected all of us. By lowering taxes, advocating for tax relief, and promoting local, living wage employment, I will try my best to keep more money in your wallets. Additionally, safety is a top priority, and I'm committed to addressing community complaints and allocating more funding to programs that advance health, safety, and wellbeing.
Our government was founded on a checks and balance system. Accountability is integral in ensuring a democratic process. I do believe it is important to implement internal accountability measures within the legislature that promotes transparency and prevents corruption, such as requiring the Sunshine Law to apply to the legislative branch, enforcing open records laws, banning campaign contributions during session, and enforcing disclosure requirements.
If elected, I would encourage using our bikes, walking, carpooling, and public transportation as a means of reducing our carbon footprint. Even the amount we currently pay for gas will be reduced as a result of this. I will support legislation that encourages long-term plans and activities for a more sustainable future. Encouraging energy-efficient decisions and educating and inspiring the next generation about energy education, innovation, and conservation will be one of my priorities, so that they can build a cleaner, more energy-efficient future for themselves.
I believe that the COVID-19 pandemic response was carried out as well as possible, especially given the information that was available. We must all acknowledge that COVID-19 was a virus that no one had ever encountered before. The fact that this had an impact on the entire planet was shocking. Although some could argue that the state did not respond appropriately, in my opinion, the lessons learned in responding have strengthened the state's ability to think critically and deal with such situations in the future. There is always space for improvement, just like with anything else.
Twitter @@coreyrosenlee
Campaign Email coreyforhawaii@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 808-677-3537
Campaign Mailing Address 91-1000 Kaunoa St.
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
I have been a social studies teacher at Campbell High School for sixteen years. Under my guidance, thousands of West O'ahu children have learned the importance of civic engagement, community problem-solving, and social responsibility. From 2015-2021, I served as President of the Hawai'i State Teachers Association, where I worked to increase school funding, raise teacher pay, and provide air conditioning to cool our state's overheated classrooms. From affordable housing to traffic mitigation to economic fairness, I understand the issues facing residents of western O'ahu. I am committed to fighting for working families and delivering a brighter future for generations to come.
Our government should always support the only interest that matters: the people's interest. To that end, I support implementing a robust public funding program that will lessen the impact of dark money and corporate donors on our elections. Additionally, I believe that we should create an ombudsman to review potential conflicts of interest at the State Legislature, which will ensure that elected officials are always beholden to the public interest, not special interests.
Climate change is the most pressing issue facing our planet. To combat climate change, we must grow green jobs by investing heavily in renewable energy. We should hasten our transition to a clean economy by requiring new buildings to meet green standards and restoring incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles. I will also support efforts to begin a managed retreat from our shorelines in areas that will be significantly impacted by sea level rise. Finally, I will advocate for green fees and a carbon tax to generate the revenue needed to decarbonize our economy and preserve our 'āina.
Economic inequality is the root cause of criminal activity. To reduce crime, we need to invest in the social infrastructure that leads to financial security, including truly affordable housing, paid sick and family leave, a fully funded public education system, and quality mental health services. We should also invest in rehabilitation and diversion programs that allow people to reconnect with their communities and learn the skills they need to thrive in society. Finally, I believe that we should enact common-sense criminal justice reform measures, like asset forfeiture reform, to better align our criminal justice system with the goal of balancing community safety with legal fairness.
Campaign Email info@votewilson.us
Campaign Phone (808) 227-0029
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 971321
Waipahu, HI 96797
Nine sessions of employment at the Hawaii House of Representatives allows me to be the best candidate for House District 39. My knowledge about the legislative process is based on multiple years of trainings and implementation of what I learned. As a legislative aide I have listened to complaints and grievances and know how to realistically approach and solve a problem. As a committee clerk I have facilitated bills and worked on legislation in different steps of the process. A benefit of being staff is the impartial stance I have with elected officials and their attitude towards myself. A sense of neutrality allows me to work and form a professional working relationship to pass legislation.
As a State Legislator if I see any corruption, I will follow the proper procedure and report the incident to the designated individual at the House of Representatives. Just as if I was an employee reporting an incident regarding another employee. If I’m concerned about the appearance of corruption, I would say “I have to use the restroom” and walk away from the situation in haste. Keeping walking back to the office or my car depending on the scene of the incident.
I would personally call the Hawaiʻi’s Climate Commission and ask what the commission’s priorities this legislative session is and if there is any assistance I can offer the office.
Hindsight is a rare luxury we have today to look back, reflect, and assess the situation and response after it happened. At the height of the crisis I believe Hawaii did fairly well handling the crisis.