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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 22

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: ManoaHow 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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    Jeffrey H. IMAMURA
    (Rep)

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    Andrew Takuya GARRETT
    (Dem)

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    Dale KOBAYASHI
    (Dem)

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?

Campaign Phone 8089270660
Campaign Mailing Address 1521 Halekula Way
304
Honolulu, HI 96822
I am a born and raised Hawaii resident. I am a home-grown, down-to-Earth working citizen. I understand the plights that exists for Hawaii residents because I am in the trenches with the working people. I know what it's like to see paychecks disappear. I know how difficult it is for residents to own their own property and have the RIGHT to protect that property.
I am in favor of term limits. We need fresh, new ideas and new faces involved in the direction of the state.
Our focus should be helping the residents of Hawaii. While climate change is a concern, it is not a priority. I believe that residents are more focused on the rising cost of EVERYTHING and the frustrations involved as Hawaii continues to be one of the most expensive places to live. If I had to focus on one issue, it would be to make solar readily available by allowing more and more business to operate and create a competitive market, breaking free from the monopoly that a single entity has.
Yes. As someone who was greatly effected by the consequences of COVID "mandates," I would ensure that no government entity usurps control of the people through "emergency orders." I would strength the language involved with "emergency orders" to limit the TEMPORARY authority of the governing body, i.e. the governor. I would also make sure that the people's medical decisions and freedoms are PROTECTED and that no one be forced to test, vaccinate, or anything other "medical procedure" be "mandated" in order to work or live life. I will ensure that those who were in charge during this time face legal consequences for their tone-deaf decisions.
Campaign Phone (808)304-9348
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 283144
Honolulu, HI 96828
For much of my 20-year career, I’ve held leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the last 3 years as a member of the Governor’s cabinet. I’m running for office because I’m concerned about the direction our state is headed in, and believe that without a course correction, my daughters and their generation will have no choice but to leave the islands to pursue opportunities elsewhere. To prevent this, we need a new generation of leaders to heed the call to serve to address many of the systemic shortcomings that COVID-19 exposed in our society.
In all instances of corruption, money is the root of the problem. We must remove the influence of special interests and their outsized impact on public policy. Getting there will require moving toward 100% publicly financed elections. It is also important to strengthen our laws against corruption to send a message that such behavior will not be tolerated. Elected officials who violate the public trust in such a manner should not have any rights or expectations to earning a pension at taxpayer expense. I believe instituting term limits would help address this issue as well; legislators who have been charged with such crimes tend to be those who have been in office for decades.
I believe the state is on the right track to addressing the threats we face due to climate change, and that no immediate steps are necessary within the first 100 days. However, we must meet our goal of 100% renewable energy earlier than our stated target of 2045. Electrifying our transportation system is a key component of that; we must accelerate the transition toward electric vehicles. I’ve owned an EV since 2015, so I can attest to “range anxiety.” It’s important that we invest in the charging infrastructure to make that a reality. To prepare for sea level rise, we must begin a managed retreat from our shoreline by realigning roadways and prohibiting new oceanfront developments.
As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, I’ve been part of the state response to COVID-19 from the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve been touched by how our community came together to make the sacrifices necessary to protect our kupuna and those with pre-existing conditions. There was obviously no playbook to guide us during this once-in-a-lifetime crisis, but I believe history will judge this administration in a positive light. If we hadn’t taken the steps we did, it’s likely that our mortality rate would have been up to 5 times higher. Losing 1,500 of our friends and neighbors is tragic enough as it is, but the state’s response prevented further loss of life and suffering.
I bring a combination of local roots, my family spans 6 generations here, with a global perspective rooted in working at the highest level of global finance. Heart and mind. I care deeply and am tenacious on policy.
Obviously there can be no transparency without public access to the decision making process. As chair of the House Legislative Management Committee, I made it my priority to ensure public access as much as possible. Several bills came before my committee which were aimed at restricting access, citing security issues using the January 6 capitol riots as justification. I killed these bills by refusing to schedule them for hearings. The State Capitol belongs to the people of Hawaii, not the sitting legislators. While many legislative offices are locked and by appointment only, mine will always remain open, you don’t even need to knock, just come in anytime.
Limiting new development in the inundation zones makes an awful lot of sense. Long-term urban planning needs to be more forward-looking as it pertains to sea level rise in our island state. We need to do our part with the rest of the global community to limit our carbon footprint, we can be a role model to the world when it comes to 100 percent renewable energy sources. We have everything here we need to do so except the will to do it.

It all comes down to taking our collective heads out of the sand in planning for inevitable outcomes in general.
If we can get past the partisanship and divisiveness of the issue socially it’ll go a long way towards ensuring proper dissemination of accurate information, which is key to everyone working together for a more inclusive greater good. That’s what it’s always been about for us here in Hawaii.