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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 12

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 Keahua, Hali imaile, Pukalani, Makawao, Pulehu, Waiakoa, Keokea, and UlupalakuaHow 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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    Summer STARR
    (Grn)

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    Dan JOHNSON
    (Rep)

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    Kyle T. YAMASHITA
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawai`i due to climate change?

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Occupation Project Manager, Construction and Renewables
Education Bachelor's of Business Administration, Finance, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Military/Community Service Elder at Hope Chapel North Shore, Volunteer Search and Rescue Technician for Maui Search and Rescue, Guest Instructor at Makaha Learning Center
Campaign Phone 8082500020
I was born and raised on Maui, and personally know the struggles that a lot of local residents go through to live here. We have the most ridiculous cost of living, and I want to move the needle back into the favor of local residents and businesses incorporated in Hawaii over outside interest. However, the final inspiration to run for office was our government's response to the pandemic and how draconian power can be unilaterally enacted in Hawaii. I look to my 2 children and want to be able to say that I am standing up to fight for their rights and the rights of all other freedom loving people when I had the chance to speak up.
I would support legislation to enforce accountability with all levels of public servants, and believe it should extend to unelected public servants with authority and influence as well. I would support the requiring open records for all elected officials, and be eligible to audits if concerns arise. To quote scripture, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21.
We have a finite amount of land and natural resources. It would be best stewardship of us to implement sustainable development practices when it comes to water supply and new infrastructure. I would support legislation to require all new developments to use reclaimed water for irrigation and all non-potable uses. There is no reason we should be wasting our potable water. The state would be able to partner with the counties having jurisdiction and work with the developers to bring the appropriate infrastructure to those locations.
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