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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 34

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: Waiau, a portion of Pearl City, Pacific PalisadesHow 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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    Theodene S. ALLEN
    (Rep)

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    Gregg TAKAYAMA
    (Dem)

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    Roy M. TAKUMI
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Campaign Phone (808)382-3212
Campaign Mailing Address 1639 Hoolana Street
Pearl City, HI 96782
I am running for the State House so I can continue to work for a Hawaii that provides better opportunities for young people like my two daughters who cannot afford to live here, to advance fairness and social justice for all people, and to advocate for my Pearl City community. I bring experience in State and federal government as communications director at UH and for US Senator Dan Inouye; as a television and print journalist; and as an active volunteer helping the community and seniors.
We have strict laws against bribery and corruption. Those found guilty should be appropriately punished. I supported the establishment of a special citizens commission to consider further changes to our laws and procedures, and I look forward to its recommendations for reforms.
We need to convene a group of State and county officials in planning, business and transportation; business representatives including the hotel industry; scientists in coastal research, climate change, and engineering; and citizen representatives to consider strategies for relocating businesses, homes, utilities and roads affected by coastal erosion and to make recommendations to the Legislature for dealing with climate change.
For the most part, I think the State handled pandemic well, as reflected in our low cases of death and hospitalization for serious illnesses. The Health Department leadership in the initial weeks of the pandemic was ineffective and appropriately replaced by Governor Ige. And the Unemployment Office's handling of claims and its communication efforts were very poor. The UI Office should have immediately ramped up its staffing of hotlines to accommodate the crushing number of phone calls and emails from applicants. Stronger efforts should have been made to expand the computer capabilities of the Labor Department in anticipation of the demand.
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