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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 9

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: Kahului, Pu unēnē, and a portion of WailukuHow 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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    Sam (Kamuela) PERALTA
    (Dem)

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    Justin H. WOODSON
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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

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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?

Occupation Educator
Education University of Hawaiʻi
Campaign Phone 8083851981
Campaign Email samforhawaii@gmail.com
On my fathers side I come from military/ plantation camp background. On my mothers side I come from rural farming and immigration. I was raised in low income housing and because of government assistance my parents were able to purchase a home. I went to Christ the King, Maui Waena, and Maui High School. I am also a graduate of University of Hawaiʻi Maui. I am a local from my District whom knows this district best.
Making the connection with public and governance a common norm. We need to bring back public forms, open discussions, and public participation. Being with the people is the accountability.
Critical analysis of industrial farming practices and land management. Strategizing and finding viable technology and agriculture practices to implement. And public education reform. Educating generations. From egocentric to ecocentric paradigms.
Occupation Legislator/Realtor
Education University of Oklahoma, microbiology; Bachelor of Arts, University of California State, Fullerton
Military/Community Service Maui Economic Opportunity, board member, 2014 to present; Gospel of the Alpha and Omega International Inc., vice president, 2005 to present; Binhi At Ani Community Center Volunteer; Past: Friends of Maui Waena, member; Kahului Alii, Pop Warner Football, commissioner; Kahului Elementary PTSA,
Campaign Email repwoodson@gmail.com
I have served in the Hawaii State Legislature for ten years. I've held leadership positions, including Majority Whip, and I am currently Chairman of the Committee on Education.

I am humbled to receive national recognition for some of the work I have been a part of around early learning and other aspects surrounding education policy.

Crafting good policy is always a team effort, and I am running for re-election to continue working to better my community, state, and country.
It's essential to be accessible to people. It's important to continue to hold public forums, committee hearings, and floor discussions. Recently, the Legislature has also worked to make participation in the Legislature's proceedings more accessible through technology. There is also a special committee specifically looking at how there can be more transparency infused in legislative processes at the Capitol.
Action to effectively combat climate will require assistance from us all. This needs to be a global endeavor. This year, the Legislature passed several bills to continue action to fight climate change, including a proposal that limits greenhouse gas in the state to 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Work is still needed to continue the decarbonization of Hawaii's industries, and we need to incentivize renewable energies and environmentally sustainable practices. I hope to continue this vital work.