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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 6

Duties: The Hawaii State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Portion of Waikapu, a portion of Keoneoio, Kanahena, Makena, Wailea, Keawakapu, Kihei, Maalaea, Hyashi Village, Mopua, Olowalu, Wainee, Lahaina, Puunoa, Kelawea, Lahainaluna, Kaanapali, Mahinahina Camp, Kahana, HonokohauHow Elected: The senate consists of 25 members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. A Senator must be a Hawaii resident for not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the senatorial 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: Four years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (2022): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Senate President - $70,104

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    Melissah (Mish) SHISHIDO

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    Philip A. RAYA

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    Sheila WALKER

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    Shaina FORSYTH

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    Tamara I. (Mara) GOEBBERT

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    Angus L.K. MCKELVEY

Biographical Information

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

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Occupation Small Business Owner
Education Chaminade University of Honolulu, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - Psychology
Military/Community Service Church Financial Board Member - Harvest Kumulani Chapel
Campaign Phone 808-359-1911
Campaign Email
Twitter @@philiprayaHI
As a small small business owner of a gym, retail clothing store within a resort, and partnering in two pizza franchises on Maui, I have provided leadership and jobs for our community. As a parent of two children in public school, I have been a witness to some of the deficiencies of our educational system. Recovering our islands from the Pandemic is paramount at this time and bringing in new ideas and energy to our Senate is what it’s going to take.
One of my issues with the current system within the State House and State Senate is term limits. People grow complacent and corrupt that remain in any political position for too long. To shine light on areas of corruption, it has to be done through media. Social media and news media is what it takes to bring attention to anything in modern times.
Set up a meeting with the climate change commission to understand the depth of the issue. The next step would be to create legislation to provide more funding that would help us to research and tools to solve this inevitable problem.
Occupation Political Candidate, former business owner
Education BFA Washington University, St. Louis Missouri MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills Michigan
Military/Community Service Kihei Community Association, Maui Meadows Neighborhood Association, Lahaina Town Action Committee, Calvary Chapel South Kihei, NextDoor-moderator, Mandate Free Maui-events coordinator, Global Covid Summit Maui-Executive Coordinator
Campaign Address P.O. Box 164
kihei, HI 96753
Campaign Phone 8083448644
Sheila Walker is a Maui First, Common Sense Conservative. Passionate about bringing Prosperity and Aloha back to the island and people of Maui, Sheila is well known for taking a bold stance against the lockdowns during the pandemic. She stood up for her community and led a RECALL effort against Maui’s Mayor in the face of unlawfully enforced mandates. She was a Lead Organizer of the Mandate Free Maui March and Rally which featured the Dr’s. Robert Malone, Richard Urso and Ryan Cole. Sheila also served as the Executive Coordinator for the Global Covid Summit, Maui which brought more physicians to Maui to discuss the benefits of Early Treatment Protocols and Informed Consent.
A one party system and career politicians breed corruption. The lack of checks and balances perpetuates the "ole boys network" reinforces the lethargic "business as usual" attitude. It's time to vote in a diverse set of legislators and impose term limits!
While climate change is an important issue to consider, our current state of emergency is Houselessness and Economic Recovery. I will spend my first 100 days prioritizing the needs of my community. Food Security, Housing Stability and Water Rights will be high on my list.
Occupation Director of Residences
Education Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis in Conservation Planning, from UC Santa Barbara. B.S. in Engineering Geology from UCLA.
Campaign Phone 8084190076
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I am running for office as I believe we need people of the younger generation to step into leadership roles. Politics has become quite tribalized and should I have the honor of being elected, I would aim to work across party lines and work together with all to bring moderation, civility, and respect back to government. I want to listen to the people of West and South Maui and be their voice.
It is important to be transparent, honest, and work with integrity. I place a high value on integrity and want to work to end political corruption. Staying close to the constituents of South and West Maui and keeping them regularly updated will provide more transparency to our people.
I will support legislation requiring new buildings to be designed with energy efficiency and water efficiency standards.

I will also support legislation that removes barriers for local farmers, making it easier for our local farmers to feed our communities.

I will continue to support conservation legislation to protect our unique and diverse native plants and animals.
Occupation Business Partner, Maui Pizza Truck
Education BA in Journalism & BA in Political Science from UH Manoa
Campaign Address P.O. Box 1569
Kihei, HI 96753
Campaign Phone 808-707-9362
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I grew up in Kihei and have always intended to make a significant difference in my community. I graduated from the University of Hawaii with Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Upon graduation, I interned for Senator Dela Cruz, the Ways and Means Committee Chair, in 2020 and  worked as a Legislative Aide for Representative Tarnas, the Water and Land Committee Chair, during this past legislative session. This allowed me to experience the legislative process firsthand and understand more of the current state of the government. I'm running to represent the people of South and West Maui because I believe I can effectively advocate for all generations on Maui and in Hawaii.
If elected, I will work to improve the capitol's integrity, openness, and transparency, as well as the public's perception of it. These are critical elements in establishing accountability and trust, which are both necessary for democracies and market economies to function properly.

Political corruption can be addressed at a fundamental level by creating term limits for the legislature, making the senate and house members truly servants of the people. I will promote transparency by proposing legislation that establishes an oversight group that will allow citizens to track the physical and financial progress of capital projects, particularly when large sums of money are involved.
To combat climate change, I will use Hawaii's 2050 Sustainability Plan as a guide and work closely with the office of planning and sustainable development when proposing climate-related legislation. The sustainability plan, among other things, encourages the use of renewable energy, water conservation and reuse, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, plans for sea level rise, emphasizes the need for affordable housing, and encourages a diverse economy. When it comes time to revise the 10-year plan, I'll do everything I can to make sure the public is aware that they can participate in the process as well.
Occupation Legislator
Education Sacred Hearts School, Lahaina, HI Hawaii Prep Academy, HSD, Waimea, HI Whittier College, BA, Whittier, CA
Military/Community Service LahainaTown Action Committeee, Board MemberLahaina Rotary Sunrise Club of MauiMember Kihei Community Association
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I am running for the State Senate to use expertise to better the West and South Maui communities. I have worked on and secured funds for many projects to better our lives and will continue to fight for working families everywhere on many issues especially cost of living, cleaning up government and addressing key infrastructure, health, and education issues. If elected I will continue to advocate for a clean environment, transitioning to a quality not quantity model of sustainable tourism and diversification of our economy as well as expand affordable rental and housing projects I have secured
As chair of the government reform committee I enacted measures to curb the appearance of corruption and restore faith in the legislative process. Key bills included a ban on fundraisers during session, requiring 501(c)(4)s operating as PACs to disclose their big money donors, and a ban on running for public office if a candidate is convicted of criminal campaign violations as well as requiring regular mandatory ethics trainings of legislators and other officials. If elected I will take action to ban all contributions during legislative sessions and have Hawaii Campaign laws mirror the FEC laws
I would build on my past environmental accomplishments and repeal the mandate on burning wood to meet Hawaii’s renewable energy goals and plan to begin manage retreat in areas threatened with coastal inundation. I would also institute a carbon tax that residents could deduct from their state income taxes or the carriers themselves can opt to pay as a way to offset fossil fuel used in transportation without hurting residents who need to go inter island for medical, business and other reasons. I will also create a carbon credit market and identify applicable Native species reforestation projects