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Hawaii State Senator, Dist 7

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: Moloka i, Lanai, Kaho olawe, Papanui O Kane, Puukii, Alau, Molokini, and portion of the island of Maui including a portion of Kahului, Paia, Kuau, Haiku, Peahi, Huelo, Kailua, Keanae, Wailua, Nahiku, Honomaele, Kaeleku, Hana, Hamoa, Mokae, Kakio, Puuiki, Koali, Kipahulu, Mokulau, Kaupo. Nuu, Ulupalakua, Keokea, Waiakoa, Pulehu, Pukalani, Makawao, Haliimaile, and a portion of Keahua How 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 (FY2022): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Senate President - $70,104

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    Tamara MCKAY
    (Rep)

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    Leo Kaniela CAIRES
    (Dem)

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    Lynn Pualani DECOITE
    (Dem)

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    Walter RITTE
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Occupation Self Employed
Education Administrative Justice
Military/Community Service Army
Campaign Phone 808-280-0928
Campaign Email votetamaramckay@gmail.com
I have experience in business, community service, current sitting Chair for the Maui Republican Party, Grass Roots coordinator for Convention of States, co-founder of the Aloha Maui Chapter for Repulican women. I am running for office as there needs to be drastic change in policy and legislation. We need to tackle affordable house, sustainability & Independence through altering or removing the Jones Act. Voters have been complacent & clinging onto false promises by those put into office & nothing changes. Life for the citizens of Hawaii do not flourish, they are bought out & forced to leave their homes. There are ways to grow the economy through sustainability and not dependence on tourism.
Transparency, Town halls, Change legislation
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Occupation State Senator, Farmer, Rancher
Education • Molokai High School, Class of 1988 • UHMC, Molokai Education Center, 1988 - 1990
Military/Community Service - Board member, Lokahi Pacific (from 2004-2012 ) - Board Member, Hikiola Cooperative (2008-2011) - Board Member, Molokai Irrigation Advisory Board (2008-2012) - Board Member, Molokai Chamber Foundation (2006-2012) - Board Member, The Molokai Planning Commission from (2006-2009) - President, Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance (2006-2015) - Chairperson, Farm Service Agency (2007-2015) - Member, Hawaii State Board of Agriculture (2012-2015)-State Representative, Hawaii House District 13 (2015-2021)
Serving Senate District 7 in the Hawaii State Senate is a tremendous honor. It has been the most rewarding and humbling job I have ever had, and a job that I hope to keep for years to come. I am running in the 2022 election to continue to represent District 7, so I can further serve the residents of East & Upcountry Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’I along with the entire state of Hawai’i. I am all in and ready to do what I can to ensure our communities in SD7 have the needed services and resources to thrive. And I am willing to work with EVERYONE to continue to serve.
In the words of Senator Dan Inouye “Your actions speak louder than your words”. I plan to continue to be open and transparent with the public. I will continue to not hold fundraisers during the legislative session and report any and all gifts and contributions. I will also continue to introduce legislation like SB 2630, which authorizes a court to order the forfeiture of all ERS benefits if a state or county employee is convicted of a felony. People have to be able to have trust in their leaders. Trust is earned and I understand that. I plan to do what I can to lead by example and to earn the trust of my constituents.
I will continue to work to fund the protection of our watersheds along with our natural and cultural resources. I will also continue to address set back requirements due to sea level rise. Along with continuing to stop water diversions from East Maui streams.
Occupation Executive Director Aina Momona 501 c3 non profit
Education 3years UH. Graduate San Fran College of Mortuary SciencePO Box 3
Campaign Phone 8082131107
Campaign Email walter@ritte.org
I am a community organizer all of my life with victories in saving the island of Kaho'olawe from being a bombing range to restoring the stream flow of Kawela river on Molokai after a hundred years of diversion. I want to work inside the system to address climate change and create a diversified circular economy that redistributes wealth.
I would be replacing the official from Sen.Dist. 7 who is the prime example of corruption. This would be a high priority for my district to reinstate confidence in government. Our National state of elections due to our last president and attack on our capital has shakened the trust in our government institutions. I will engage in and support efforts and laws to curb and stop corruption.
I would create or join any coalitions among elected officials to create ways or laws to enhance or protect our environment. I would also support more funding for organizations like DLNR and community based efforts.