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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 35

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 Pearl City, portion of Waipahu, CrestviewHow 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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    Josiah P. ARAKI
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    Cory M. CHUN
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    Jolyn Garidan PRIETO
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    Inam RAHMAN
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    Nathan H. TAKEUCHI
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Campaign Email inamr@msn.com
Campaign Phone (808) 398-2753
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 971749
Waipahu, HI 96797
I came to the US 40 years ago, with only $100 and a dream to become a doctor to help people. I started my journey in Washington, DC working as a janitor and selling ice cream. I also volunteered at the U.S. Veterans Medical Center. After I became a licensed Pharmacist, I continued on to medical school. While doing my residency training, I fell in love with Hawaii, its culture, diversity and the Aloha Spirit. After witnessing the suffering from COVID and the lack of a united response of government, I decided to run for office to help people using my experience as a physician & pharmacist.
The Legislature just passed bills on mandatory ethics training for all government employees, which I support along with no fundraising during the legislative session. I would draft policy to provide complete transparency on any donations to any candidate and/or current elected official. I would mandate a state funded data center where anyone from the public can look up any elected official to determine what individual or organization has donated to his/her campaign.
Draft both a bill and concurrent resolution to have the Governor working with the Legislature as well as experts on the Environment to establish a blue ribbon panel to be independent and provide recommendations on efficiently address climate change. If Hawaii does this correctly, Hawaii's Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change can be replicated and supported by all countries.
Yes, two failures: Government failed to focus on extreme COVID testing to determine who had covid and second government failed with strong contact tracing to then isolate our positive covid patients while providing the best healthcare to ensure their survival and isolate our covid positive members from the community until they recover and test negative.
I have worked eight legislative sessions in the State House, starting as an Intern, then a Legislative Aide, a Committee Clerk, and finally an Office Manager for Rep. Roy Takumi (Pearl City/Waipahu).

My family and I have deep roots in District 35. I attended Pearl City public schools and met my wife, Renee, at Pearl City High School. We own a home in the district and raised our son, Ryan, here. I hope that I will have the opportunity to serve the district and show my gratitude for the decades of kindness and support the community has given to me and my family.
Banning campaign donations during the legislative session would help to stop the appearance of corruption at the State Legislature. Other states have already done this.
The Nature Conservancy did a study that showed that protecting, restoring, and improving land management practices could help stabilize climate change. I would support programs that would plant native trees, protect native forests, restore wetlands, and boost the resilience of coral reefs.
Yes, there is always room for improvement. We could have stockpiled more tests and personal protective equipment. We should have had plans to quickly recruit, train and deploy contact tracers and to deal with the sudden increase in applications for unemployment benefits.