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Hawaii Lieutenant Governor

Duties: Along with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor’s authority is derived from Article V, Section 2, of the Constitution of the State of Hawai i. The Lieutenant Governor serves as the assistant chief executive, becoming Acting Governor upon the absence of the Governor from the State. In Hawai i, the Lieutenant Governor also serves as the legally designated Secretary of State. The designation requires the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to be responsible for: issuing orders granting legal name changes; certifying U.S. documents for recognition abroad; processing documents that convey state lands inter-departmentally; and serving as the repository for various tpes of official documentation for public review and consumption. Qualifications: Must be a Hawai i resident for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the election, a registered voter of Hawai i, and at least 30 years of age.How Elected: In the primary election, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are each a separate contest. In the general election, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are voted for as a team by political party. Any nonpartisan candidates who would otherwise qualify as a candidate for Governor on the general election ballot, will not qualify unless there is a running mate in the form of a nonpartisan candidate for Lieutenant Governor, who has otherwise met the statutory requirements to appear on the general election ballot (Hawaii State Constitution, Article V, Sections 1 and 2).Term: Four years, limited to two consecutive terms.Base Salary (FY2022): $162,552

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    Keith AMEMIYA

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    Ikaika ANDERSON

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    Sylvia LUKE

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Biographical Information

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

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Education University of Hawaii-Manoa (BBA Finance); William S. Richardson School of Law (J.D.)
Military/Community Service Hawaii High School Athletic Association (Former Executive Director); Hawaii State Board of Education (Former Member); Teach for America (Current Board Member);
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Twitter @ @amemiyaforlg
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone (808)284-8935
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 1777
Honolulu, HI 96806
I am a first time candidate running to change the status quo, end political corruption, and put our local families’ interests first. I am a business leader who has worked with community members across the state to solve problems for the last 30 years. I’m currently the Executive Director of the Central Pacific Bank Foundation. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I’m concerned for Hawaiʻi’s future. What we need now, more than ever, is not another career politician or lobbyist, but a true leader, who knows how to bring people together to get things done.
1. My first goal of confronting the affordable housing shortage can be achieved by implementing the following: Build infrastructure capacity to incentivize development of affordable housing; Make state lands available for low or no cost for affordable housing to be developed, and; Provide zero-interest down payment assistance to first time homebuyers.

2. My second goal of cleaning up corruption in the legislature can be accomplished if we: Impose term limits on legislators; Ban fundraising during the legislative session; End financial conflicts of interest; better enforce sunshine laws
As lieutenant governor, my first official act will be to ask the Governor to empower our office around affordable housing and dedicate staff and resources to work in tandem with the governor’s office. Former Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz developed a team to pursue federal funding, something we should reconstitute to secure the billions needed for our state. The power of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor can be used to coordinate and work between state agencies, convene working groups for departments working on housing issues, and streamline existing processes.
I have a 30-year reputation of being a collaborator, team builder, and community advocate. I will always listen to people from different sides first and then work together to come up with shared solutions when possible. When it comes to making difficult decisions, I believe in clearly and transparently communicating my intentions and plans. I also believe we need to bridge gaps by treating all the people of the state with respect, even if we don’t agree. It was how we were able to quickly mobilize our community to provide over 20,000 meals to local families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education The Kamehameha Schools; University of Hawaii-Manoa BA in Political Science; University of Hawaii-Manoa BA in Journalism
Military/Community Service National Association of Counties; Urban Land Institute; Waimanalo Health Center Board of Directors; Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
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Campaign Phone (808) 259-2022
I am running for Lieutenant Governor of the state of Hawaii to provide leadership in our state’s executive branch of government. As the Honolulu City Council chair, I led the 155+ employees of Honolulu’s legislative branch through the COVID pandemic; I kept people safe and healthy. As a leader on the City Council, I regulated the visitor industry in Windward Oahu, built tiny-home villages for our homeless ‘ohana and built rentals for Hawaii residents earning 30%-80% of area median income. As Lieutenant Governor, I will duplicate these efforts across Hawaii.
Establishing kauhale (tiny-home villages with communal restroom and kitchen facilities complete with wrap-around social services) across Hawaii to shelter our homeless is a priority. As City Council Chairman my office co-established Hui Mahi‘ai ‘Aina, a kauhale-style village in Waimanalo by bringing county and state government together. I will provide rental workforce housing by inventorying state-owned lands suitable for housing. Under my leadership, Honolulu required hundreds of 30%-80% AMI rentals to be built; this process can be duplicated to establish similar rentals across Hawaii.
As Lt. Governor, my first official acts will be to propose term limits for state lawmakers and requiring the state legislature to adhere to the state open government law (also known as the State Sunshine Law) via a state Constitutional Amendment proposal as part of the executive legislative package.
I am the only candidate with elected executive experience. I employ a collaborative of behavioral and directive styles of leadership. As a behavioral leader, I am an empathetic team player who solicits various points of view. As a directive leader, I am driven by results, render decisions promptly, and accept full responsibility for final decisions. This style of leadership is effective and fair as it solicits and respects all viewpoints while allowing for prompt final decisions where the elected executive accepts full responsibility. No confusion, no games and no buck passing.
Education BS, Dr Chiropractic
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2234
Volcano, HI 96785
As an intuitive person I am always asking questions and evaluating the responses to to com e to a complete understanding of our present reality
Public utilities and fruition, through federal grants 1033, surplus
Create jobs with federal grant 1033 and public agriculture (fruition)
No Secrets or surprises
Education Sylvia attended Lincoln Elementary School, Kawananakoa Middle School and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She earned her BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Military/Community Service N/A
Campaign Phone 808-258-8207
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2804
Honolulu, HI 96803
The Lieutenant Governor can help create change and be a channel for our communities to make sure voices from across our state are heard. An effective LG means a person who knows about State government, who has a history of collaborating to solve problems, and who has created working relationships with many individuals across the State.

I have honed those skills over my years of public service. Together, let's make preschool available to all, build housing that's affordable and take care of our aina and its people. I will work hard to help make Hawaiʻi better for all of us.
1. Affordable housing. We need more affordable housing – for working families looking to secure a home and their future. I provided hundreds of millions of dollars to construct more homes for purchase or rental. I will work to get those units built. 2. Creating true educational equity - universal access to preschool, teacher retention initiatives, and college scholarship support. I will build on laws already passed, but not implemented to bring education equity to the forefront.
Setting a clear vision and plan with the Governor so that I can effectively help pass bills to move forward on one agenda. Together we can create change in our community. I'd be a Lieutenant Governor that helps the Governor with the Legislature, collaborate with state departments, and make sure we executive on good ideas for change. The Lieutenant Governor can be a channel for our communities, to make sure voices from across our state are heard. I know state systems; have a history of collaboration to solve problems.
Serving in the legislature, especially in a diverse place like Hawaii, gives me a unique experience of working in a place that is meant to have people of all different backgrounds - wide range of ages, ethnicities, income, work experiences and personal stories.

My years as a leader in the House taught me the importance of being able to listen – to hear not just the words that are said, but the motivations that are driving that position. It taught me how to be a better mediator and facilitator of heated discussions. It made me better at finding compromise.
Education Sherry is a proud product of Hawaii's public school system and a graduate of Waiakea High School on the island of Hawai'i. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles before returning home to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa to earn her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law and her MBA from the Shidler College of Business.
Military/Community Service Sherry has served on numerous boards including the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, JAIMS Foundation, The Queen's Health Systems, FilCom Center, East-West Center Foundation, Center for Tomorrow's Leaders, and Move Oahu Forward. She has also been recognized for her community service by being inducted into the University of Hawai'i Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor, recognized by the Girl Scouts of Hawai'i as a Woman of Distinction, named the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's Business Executive of the Year, and honored with the Public School of Hawai'i Foundation Award.
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Campaign Email
Campaign Phone 808-425-7891
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 3323
Honolulu, HI 96801
As President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, I saw the devastating impacts COVID had on our economy. People are still struggling to get back on their feet. Our small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy; keeping them afloat during COVID was a major priority for me. I’ve spent my career bringing people together, finding solutions, and solving problems.

I’m running for lieutenant governor to get things done for people across the islands. I have 16 years of experience navigating government and I have the real-world experience to be an effective partner to our next governor.
We must lower the costs of living and doing business in Hawaii. I will lead the effort to develop an Economic Recovery Plan that will finally take a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. In order to build a more resilient and sustainable economy, I will advocate for more workforce development and vocational training so that our young people are able to get good paying jobs here at home.

I will also work to increase public engagement with the neighbor islands and other overlooked communities through consistent dialogue, regular visits, and increased transparency.
I will ask the governor to empower me to take on an initiative to make government work better, cost less, and deliver real results.

My goals for this initiative will be to:  Identify wasteful spending  Remove roadblocks to progress such as outdated rules and regulations  Reduce burdensome red tape  Form new partnerships with the private sector to fill the gaps in services  Move more government services online  Reform policies for state departments and agencies to deliver better customer service
Leading a statewide organization made up of over 2,000 diverse businesses, spread across all of our islands and who represent over 200,000 employees, I have developed the skills to effectively convene, collaborate, and build consensus. I will bring that real-world experience and approach to the lt. governor’s office.

I will always provide honest advice and counsel to the governor, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that the governor is successful and our administration implements policies that are in the best interest of the people of state.
Education Undergraduate, Chaminade University of Honolulu; Commissioned Cadet, U.H Air Force R.O.T.C. Graduate, SJSU; Law Assist., USD; (Active in college extracurricular activities-Student Board Association/VicePresident/ Senior Senator and president for many Clubs;FLETC, Instructor
Military/Community Service Retired Disabled Senior Special Agent DOJ/INS-ICE-Conducted Criminal and Civil investigations involving national security threats, terrorism, drug smuggling, child exploitation, human trafficking, illegal arms export, financial crimes, identity fraud, benefit fraud, commercial fraud and more, Worked together with AUSAs' and presented numerous criminal prosecution cases, obtained true bills and convictions before both federal and state courts and had travelled throughout the country and its continent dealing with national security issues; Former Active AFGE Union Steward-Conducted labor union violation investigations, prepared and filed grievances/Invoked Arbitrations and Participated in Mediation representing workers of their rights under the collective bargaining agreement and ensuring Employers' compliance with federal and state laws; Retired Hawaii State Medical Board Public Member Appointed By governors Neil Abercrombie and David Ige -Investigated complaints, disciplined physicians who violated the medical act, served and protected the public from incompetent, unprofessional, and improperly trained physicians, etc; Held Board Member role for Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Long serving Member for Neighborhood Board NB 23 Ewa Beach, Filipino Urdanetta Associates of Hawaii, Long Region 7 OCC/Democratic Party of Hawaii, held positions as District/Vice Chair, District Counsel, Treasurer, Secretary, OCC Entertainment Director; Executive Committee/OCC-DPH; Assigned to various OCC-DPH committees Re: Rules, Election, Affirmative Actions, Platform, and more; Assigned to DPH Investigative Committee and investigated and made recommendation for disciplinary actions on party members for violation of Good Standing Rules and voted on many required items; Organized, coordinated, collaborated and spearheaded numerous events advocating for homelessness, Kupuna, Senios, Disabled, Youth Challenge, Church events, Equality, Food Bank Foundation, Charities, and more; Previous Community Media News Reporter/Editor/Journalism and more. Entertainer playing both world and gospel music for all events.
Twitter @Active
Campaign Phone 8087814229
The emergency health crisis has exposed in Hawaii's structure and systems. A number of prominent corruption scandals. A portfolio that is not properly diversified which left investors vulnerable to market fluctuation and industry downturns. Homelessness, lack of affordable housing and high cost of living have all culminated into one major dilemma, THE HIGH COST OF LIVING. View my professional background experiences aside from being a politician which you will find that I am a highly qualified candidate for the role of the Hawaii State .Lieutenant Governor. Also, check article on News Media.
I spearheaded many community events and not just talk by advocating for many people affected by many underlying issues which led many to unemployment, mental health depression and anxiety, domestic violence, malnutrition, and many symptoms. I will be more than happy to devote my energy in solving homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most popular state for its aloha spirit. It's a embarrassment ! Secondly, the implementation of policies and directives for DOH and all establishments statewide without interruption of normal operations.
I will work closely with the governor to ensure improvement of employee compensation for their salaries, health benefits, and implement effective directives to all social services programs to approve families who are struggling financially, lack of nutrition, disable and seniors accommodation with the hope that no one will suffer. Also, to ensure immediate passing of appropriate legislations that maybe negatively impacting existing conditions.
Common sense. Analyzing a problem and come to a solution. Given my education and professional background experiences, I will be very flexible on any issues without violating anyone's constitutional and civil rights. I can be collaborative, command, consensus and directive and I'm upside to any of these styles deemed necessary.