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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 37

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 Waipio, a portion of MililaniHow 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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    Jamie A. DETWILER
    (Rep)

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    Eric M. SARRAFIAN
    (Dem)

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    Ryan I. YAMANE
    (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?

Aloha! I am running for Hawai'i State Representative of District 37 Mililani-Waipio because I have a passion for freedom and a compassion for the people of our community. I am deeply concerned about the life-altering impact on individuals, families, and our economy brought on by the COVID mandates. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Public Health Advanced Certificate from the University of Hawaii. I am also a trained Mediator and Critical Incident Response Specialist. I recently retired from the Federal Government holding various positions of advocacy and in healthcare administration. I have a proven record of servant-leadership, collaboration, integrity, and a strong work ethic.
I would propose a resolution for the entire Hawaii State Legislature to be required to take an annual training course covering the U.S. Constitution and Hawaii State Constitution. I would have every Legislator recite the Oath of Office at the beginning of each session even if they are re-elected and establish a Code of Ethics along with a list of consequences for all violations. Once a policy is established, publish it for public access. I am committed to being held accountable by the people I serve.
Scientific research has shown that the Earth has a cycle of climate change that has occurred over time. We have seasons of La Nina and El Nino (cooling and warming). I firmly agree that there are environmental threats to Hawaii. We need to use current resources and staffing to develop an education campaign to inform our citizens about how they can use green and environmental-friendly resources to sustain our beautiful community.
Yes, I believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved. The Governor exceeded his authority by implementing multiple extensions to the "State of Emergency" status beyond the 60-day limit as stated in the Hawaii Revised Statutes. In retrospect, a special legislative session should have been called and Legislators should be required to discuss and debate the issues. They should have reached out to their constituents for feedback. According to the Hawaii State Constitution, Article 1. Section 1. All political power of this State is inherent in the people and the responsibility for the exercise thereof rests with the people. All government is founded on this authority.
Campaign Email ericsarrafian@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (808)636-8027
I am a political science major and have experience representing people as not only a Student Senator but also as the Student Government Treasurer. Beyond that I have experience in serving the community not only as en ex boy scout but also from working with homeless outreach with Oahu housing now, protecting our island from pollution with 808Cleanups, and various civic activities with the Leeward Rotary Club.
I would work with other legislators to pass laws around term limits. I personally would not take donations from large corporations like Monsanto.
I don't honestly believe that there's much I could do in the first 100 days beyond supporting green legislation and working to pass bills to improve green energy infrastructure. As a single representative unless I am on the environmental protection committee I only hold one vote.
Clearer messaging. At the start of the pandemic people were told lockdowns would only be for a few weeks before it turned into a few years. We needed to clarify from the start this was a serious pandemic and people would be quarantined for multiple years until a vaccine was discovered.

There also should have been more support to people that were directly harmed by lockdowns. For people we could have increased stimulus money or improved accessibility to necessities such as food, water, masks, and hygiene products beyond what was already done.
Campaign Phone 8085512093
Campaign Mailing Address 94-1466 Okupu Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
Aloha, my name is Ryan Yamane and I am the current State Representative for our community. As a community we have accomplished much success in improving our schools, highways and supporting our State. I have a Master's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My background and experience have taught me the importance of listening and analyzing issues carefully. I have a genuine desire to represent the best interests of our community. My philosophy continues to be built on openness, involvement, and hard work, which my community deserves.
Will continue to support measures that demand transparency and require additional resources to support fiscal and campaign compliance.
As the representative for our community, I will meet with the new Governor and his administration to continue to expand the Office of Sustainability and require that our State Office of Planning has the resources to oversee all projects, especially those near our shoreline and those that threaten open green space.
Yes. As we move out of this pandemic the State should have provided more open communication with our communities. Once options where available like vaccination, treatments or quarantine support services, there should have been more direct and consistent information provided to the community. More resources should have been immediately coordinated for mobile services to those most at risk and that temporary staffs should have been immediately added to support the health response and those seeking financial support thru unemployment benefits.