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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 40

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 Lower Village, Iroquois Point, a portion of Ewa BeachHow 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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    Janie GUESO
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    Michael STARR
    (Rep)

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    Wayne K.S. KAULULAAU
    (Dem)

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    Rose MARTINEZ
    (Dem)

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    Julie K. REYES ODA
    (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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Twitter @@EWA_STARR40
Campaign Email histarr@protonmail.com
We have been well represented recently and I hope to carry on although I know I have large shoes to fill. As representatives, we are not in charge, our constituents are. District 40 has been lucky to have had a representative with this mind set recently and I want to ensure that continues. I plan to do my best to live up to the great work done by my predecessor. I have an MBA and an MA in international relations, but I am aware that the people of Ewa Beach know more in their collective wisdom about their needs than do I, so I intend to represent them to the best of my ability in order that their interests are first and foremost in my decision making process.
Transparency. Corruption=Theft. A loss of $1 billion to corruption is like taking over $700 from each citizen of Hawaii. Imagine if someone took $700 from grandmother's wallet: I am sure you would be upset and want that person caught. At this point, corruption by the few can only be stopped with complete transparency. Employees who prevent their bosses from seeing what they are doing, usually have something to hide. Current Hawaii law mandates government records be made available whenever possible. Instead, all records must be made available. Period. No employee (politician) should be able to hide their work from their bosses (the public). Corruption=Theft.
All decisions regarding climate change should be based on sound evidence and any decisions should include measures to avoid placing the costs onto the individual citizens of Hawaii. During my first 100 days in office, I will examine and attempt to determine current and previous legislation for its effectiveness. While global climate change remains a subject in need of much discussion, we have more immediate environmental matters to address for the citizens of Hawaii that include ensuring we have clean drinking water. The global environment starts with each area tending its own garden. Hawaii can lead the way, but not at the expense of her citizens.
Transparency and the protection of rights as laid out in the Constitution would have led to an improved outcome. Hawaiians are naturally compassionate and don't need to be dictated to. We care for one another, understand, respect and value our kupuna and other susceptible populations. That caring is part of our culture and so we, as citizens, would have done everything to protect them without the need for unnecessary top-down government measures that had predictably negative consequences. Recent data suggest alternate responses to Covid-19 had far fewer negative outcomes. Public servants should have upheld the rights of Hawaiians and made decisions knowing how well we care for one another.
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