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District 15 – Tommy Oi (D)

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Full Name: Thomas Haruo Oi

Name on Ballot: Tommy Oi

Age: 67

Political Party: Democrat

Running For: House

District: 15

Email Address:

Current Job: Tommy Oi Land Surveyor LLC (owner)

Place of birth: Honolulu

Campaign website: NA

Job history past 10 years:

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Land Division

Tommy Oi Land Surveyor LLC

DLNR Land Board Kauai, member

Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome? No

Other civic experience or community service?

DLNR Land Board Kauai member

East Kauai Soil Conservation District, associate director,

Lihue Hongwanji Mission, director

Hui Alu Inc. (Kauai Okinawan Club)

Lihue Little League, Lihue Softball League

Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?

I will work together with the other representatives and senator to move Kauai into the future by improving traffic, preserving the natural beauty of the island, keeping agriculture a priority, more state affordable housing for our children and restore public trust in government.

What makes you qualified to be a state representative?

With my 40 years experience and knowledge in private industry, DOT-Highways, DAGS-Land Survey Division DLNR-Land Division, Land Board member and legislative branch makes me more than qualified to be the Representative for District 15.

Gov. Ige says he will once again propose increases to the state gas tax, vehicle weight tax and state registration fees to help pay for state road projects. Do you support his proposal?

Gov. Ige will have to convince me the this increases is extremely necessary and solely for road improvement projects.

If the Legislature is again asked to extend Oahu’s half-percent excise tax surcharge to finance construction or operation of the rail system, would you support such an extension?

If the extension will be to complete the entire rail system, yes. But not for the partial completion of the project.

Should the state play a role in cracking down on illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii?

The state and counties should jointly work on this issue. The state’s role will be if it violates state land use and conservation district rules.

Should the Legislature require that police officers in Hawaii use “body cameras,” and help to fund the use of those cameras?

This should be left to the counties to decide.

Dozens of police officers in Hawaii are disciplined each year for committing crimes or violating departmental policies, but little information is released about the officers or their cases. Do you think there needs to be greater public disclosure?

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