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“Why run for Lieutenant Governor?” is the most common question Iʻve received since announcing my candidacy last October. 

The Office of Lieutenant Governor is only granted limited responsibility under the state Constitution or by law. 

But that means we can put the office to better use.

THE RIGHT LT. GOVERNOR CAN...

BE A PARTNER TO THE GOVERNOR.

The Hawaiʻi State Constitution  gives the Governor broad kuleana, including the responsibility for “faithfully enacting laws” created by the State Legislature. 

Implementing laws requires follow-through.  A lieutenant with knowledge of the state system and good working relationships can help the Governor make sure programs designed to benefit all of us are put into action. 

BE A LINK TO THE LEGISLATURE.

I have enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues in the House and Senate, and the dialogue weʻve had on issues has created better legislation.  What we havenʻt enjoyed is great collaboration with the Executive branch. 

I would use my strong relationships with other lawmakers to serve as a bridge between the Legislature and the Governor to make sure there is a healthy flow of ideas and perspectives. 

BE A CHANNEL FOR OUR COMMUNITIES.

Each of our islands, and each community within those islands, have different characteristics and cultures.

 

Itʻs important that these varied points of view are heard and considered.  The right Lieutenant Governor can support the Governorʻs outreach to communities.

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... the best person to fill the role [Lieutenant Governor] is Sylvia Luke — the most experienced, strategic and battle-tested candidate.  Hawaii will be served well by this knowledgeable, veteran lawyer and legislator...

The Five Pillars

Sylvia’s vision for a better future for Hawai`i is based on five key values.  These pillars are the foundation for her plan to build a better and stronger state.  Hawai`i needs and deserves a more effective and resilient state government – one that provides for our residents’ immediate needs and builds the foundation for a better future. 

Our statewide median housing price is over $900,000 – unattainable for many of our kama’āina.  Hawai`i has one of the lowest percentages of homeownership in all the nation.  This must change.  We need more affordable housing – for working families and young residents looking to secure a home and their future here in the islands. Sylvia supported millions of dollars of state investment into more affordable housing. And she is committed to seeing more production of affordable inventory.

Hawai’iʻs unique statewide educational system was intended to make sure that all of our keiki, regardless of background or affluence, have equal access to K-12 education. Creating true educational equity requires a much broader systemic approach, including universal access to preschool, teacher retention initiatives, and college scholarship support.  Sylvia has a strong record pushing for these initiatives and as Lieutenant Governor will fight for more educational access and support.

The pandemic highlighted the importance of remote communication.  We need it to stay connected - for work, for our children’s education, for telehealth doctor visits, for staying in touch with family.  But, rural and remote areas are less served. There are limited options to choose from with virtually no competition.  We must boost availability of broadband access as this service will only become more critical and integrated into our daily lives.

Hawai`i is one of the most beautiful places on earth – but we must never stop protecting and preserving our natural resources.  The issues of climate change are upon us, and the state must be prepared to face rising sea levels, must build a more resilient economy and plan for our people’s food security.  Consolidating responding agencies and establishing a management and fee structure for natural resource protection are important foundational steps.

Controlling the Cost of Living

Hawai`i is one of the most expensive places to live – and it’s only getting harder with rising inflation.  Sylvia was known as a budget hawk - watching how our tax dollars got spent, and avoiding any broad-based tax increases.  She’s advocated for increasing the minimum wage and reducing government’s burden on working families and those living paycheck to paycheck. She will continue to fight for those across our state who are struggling to make ends meet because she understands the obstacles these families and individuals in our communities face.

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