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HONOLULU COUNCILMEMBER, DIST VIII

Duties: The County Council is the legislative branch of the County. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the city and county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Charter of the City and Council of Honolulu.Areas Represented: Lower Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Pearl City, Seaview, Crestview, Waipio Gentry and WaipahuHow Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a non-partisan basis. A Councilmember must be a qualified resident and registered voter of the district from which the person is to be elected.Term: Four years, limited to a maximum of two consecutive full terms.Base Salary (FY2022): Councilmember - $68,904; Chairperson - $76,968

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    Charmaine T. DORAN
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    Ron MENOR
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    Dion MESTA
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    Val Aquino OKIMOTO
    (NS)

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    Keone F. SIMON
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Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

How would you address concerns about a lack of transparency at all levels of government?

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?

Twitter @@HawaiiChar
Campaign Email chardoranhawaii@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 808-352-6562
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 2003
Pearl City, HI 96782
Born in Hawai'i, I was raised in Puna by a single mother. It was living in this rural substandard area, that I learned very young about the power of community voice and the importance of fighting for accountability, fair spending, and transparency in government. These values prompted me to join the Council full-time at 18 and attend college at night. I would earn an AA, BA and MPA. My public service career spanned 30 years. I have worked as an Analyst, Auditor, and City Director to draft law, policies, and budgets. These experiences have prepared me to serve as an effective Council advocate for my district. I am running because the time for half-hearted action is pau. Our district is at a familiar cross-roads. We need and deserve a Councilmember who has the courage to put people first and the experience to create new solutions to tackle the many crises we currently face.
Increasing transparency is essential to defeating corruption and strengthening public integrity. This is a cornerstone of my platform. For starters, ethic complaints and elected official tax records should be made public. We can also enact stronger pay-to-play prohibitions in our charter. Costs should never be a barrier to government records, FOIA request need to be free to the public. Council closed-door meetings about financial settlements must only occur to protect victims, not the city. Finally, our city should prepare a comprehensive anti-corruption plan to identify corruption hazards and clear steps to mitigate these threats in each city department. If elected, I am committed to abandoning paper tiger practices and working to enact policies that truly strengthen transparency and public integrity.
The city must do more than charge residents to address climate change. And while the city has made strides planning for sustainability, we can take more action to become a zero waste and zero emission community. For starters, immediately setting telework benchmarks for city agencies will decrease transportation emissions and cooling costs. Adopting a timeline for all city facilities to switch to solar power is already long overdue. Prioritizing grant-in-aid funding for residential solar projects and to bolster the recycling industry, will help us to maintain our top “green” rating. On a larger scale, the city must work to harden our infrastructure against rising sea levels and pursue urban greening for sidewalks and paving. Plus, we must mandate increased affordable housing units, green spaces, and solar power for all new developments. Lastly, while we strive to do our part to help our planet, we must decrease waste and actively develop environmentally sound waste-to-energy facilities.
COVID-19 was a trial like no other and it caught us off-guard. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t have. We have had many crisis experiences. Earthquakes, 9-11, and fake missile launches. Each of these caused the city to revise its emergency response. With COVID, it appeared that many set plans were abandoned as the pandemic grew. Despite being a prolonged disaster, the city felt justified in pausing the sunshine law, expanding emergency powers, and moving crucial decision-making behind closed doors. At one time, the people were caught between battling elected officials scraping for their moment in the tv spotlight. All of this increased public frustration and distrust. As we assess our response and look to improve, the city should pledge to follow both the sunshine law and emergency plans, set-up an emergency response commission, and run public simulations of disaster scenarios. This will improve public awareness, confidence, plus strengthen community resiliency in future catastrophes.
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Campaign Email Votevalokimoto@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 808-386-1940
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 894045
Mililani, HI 96789
For the last four years I have served as a member of the House of Representatives, holding the position of Minority Leader since 2021. Previously, I worked as a Special Education teacher at two of Hawaii’s public schools. During the pandemic, I prioritized reaching across the aisle to support our state and provide common sense leadership solutions in unprecedented times. I also possess a strong record of defending against burgeoning government overreach, relentless attempts at tax increases, reckless government spending, and the assault on our inalienable rights. I am running for City Council for the opportunity to serve my community in a greater capacity, particularly during these historic times. It is my goal as your next Councilmember to safeguard our community, protect our exceptional natural resources, and to lift up and guide our unique Hawaiian heritage forward. I believe the people are looking for a fresh leader that will provide a vision that they can believe in.
Hawaii needs more openness in government, so anyone and everyone can review how its local government spends our tax money. Good government shouldn't be held hostage by secret holds.

Lawmakers have the responsibility to block legislation they consider bad. But they should always do so publicly, identifying themselves and explaining their actions.

If elected officials are not willing to block a bill publicly, they should allow the bill to move forward. That's how good government works: Everyone should know what it's up to. At the end of the day, that's the best way to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.

Excessive and redundant government regulations, typically exacerbated by the lack of spending oversight and overall fiscal transparency, provide ample systemic opportunities for bribery, graft, and other corrupt practices that are detrimental to economic growth and development.

I am committed to taking practical steps to eliminate corruption.
In my first 100 days I will collaborate and build long-term relations with local leaders in the construction and STEM fields to create and Introduce a city Climate Adaptation Strategy that outlines capital improvements, infrastructure assessments, development regulations, and other measures needed to address the long term effects of climate change and sea level rise in Pearl City / Aiea.
Hindsight is always 20/20. There could have been a lot of improvements. In my mind, the biggest improvement we could have made in my humble opinion. was to trust our small businesses and trust our communities to take care of themselves and each other.

Instead, we implemented statewide mandates that to this day have had significant impacts to the City budget.

We have an obligation to learn from mistakes made to best prepare our communities for whatever may come.

If we cannot trust our constituents how can they trust us.

That is why i remain committed to forging institutional trust back with our communities and our businesses.
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