Full Name: Bryan Jeremiah
Name on Ballot: Bryan Jeremiah
Political Party: Republican
Running For: House
Email Address: email@example.com
Current Job: Project manager, PEI Construction
Place of birth: Big Island
Campaign website: voteforbryanjeremiah.org
Job history past 10 years:
Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome?
In 2014, I ran as the Republican in a three-person race against Matt LoPresti and Tom Berg for the seat. While LoPresti won the race, and despite being a first-time candidate at the time, I was able to secure 37 percent of the vote.
Other civic experience or community service?
Member of Ewa Beach Lions Club. Former member, Ewa Beach Neighborhood Board.
Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?
I am a local guy with local values. Growing up on the Big Island, I learned that the family is most important. How we raise our children will shape Hawaii for future generations to come.
If elected, you can count on me to vote for what is right.
What makes you qualified to be a state senator or representative?
I am a working-class guy with working-class values raising a family in Ewa. I’ve never been afraid to do an honest day’s work. I understand that getting things done requires a willingness to work with others. I don’t think my opponent can say the same.
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?
The constituents of my district can’t take another increase. While I understand the need to fix potholes and keep our highways working, it doesn’t make sense to continually place that burden on working people and families. We still need to get to work every day.
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?
I think that we must get a better picture of how much will be needed and whether there are alternative ways to fund it. Extending the GET surcharge places a larger burden on working people and families. We are struggling as it is.
Should the state play a role in cracking down on illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii?
There may be some vacation rentals near Ewa Beach, but I think this is an issue more for the city and counties. Illegal activities are illegal and they should be stopped. It limits the city and counties’ revenue streams, affecting what government can do in more pressing areas.
Should the Legislature require that police officers in Hawaii use “body cameras,” and help to fund the use of those cameras?
I stand by the brothers and sisters in blue. Give them the resources to hire the number of officers they need. Give them the equipment they need. Give them the support they need.
Body cameras raise many First Amendment concerns as well as impact labor-management relations.
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?
My concern is more on why these crimes and violations are occurring. Is it because police officers are overworked with less training and less supervision? We need to focus on stopping abuses from occurring instead of merely demanding to find out about it when they occur.