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District 29 – Daniel Holt (D)

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Full Name: Daniel Holt

Name on Ballot: Daniel Holt

Age: 31

Political Party: Democrat

Running For: House

District: 29

Email Address:

Current Job: Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, Hawaii State Senate

Place of birth: Honolulu

Campaign website:

Job history past 10 years:

>> Assistant sergeant-at-arms, state Senate, 2014-Current

>> Legislative director, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, 2012-2014

>> Legislative aide, Sen. Gilbert Kahele, 2011-2012

>> Bills researcher, Senate Ways and Means Committee, 2009-2012

>> Operations Supervisor, Horizon Lines, 2007-2009

Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome?

Yes, in 2012 I ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Karl Rhoads for the House District 29 seat

Other civic experience or community service?

>> Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board, former chairman

>> District 29 Democratic Party of Hawaii, former chairman

>> King Kamehameha Hawaiian Civic Club, member

>> Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, member

>> Pa’i Foundation, volunteer

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

Coming from a family with deep roots in the Kalihi area, I want to work for and with our constituents to make our district and Hawaii a better place. The knowledge I have gained and the relationships I have built make me the best candidate to represent District 29.

What makes you qualified to be a state representative?

The balance of community and legislative experience, along with being born and raised and living my entire life in this district, qualifies me to be our state representative. I am acutely aware of the problems and issues in our district and will be a very effective advocate for our community.

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?

I am opposed to the current version of the proposal that went through the Legislature this past year, but as a legislator it would be my job to do the research, listen to both sides and thoroughly vet any new proposals introduced in upcoming sessions.

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?

Again, the devil is in the details. Depending on how long of an extension and other factors, I would have to weigh the impact it would have on our constituents before coming to a decision on such an important issue.

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

Currently, vacation rentals are under the purview of the City and County of Honolulu, but it is a growing issue for our islands and if it continues to go down this path the Legislature may have to step in.

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

Yes. Especially with the events going on in the world in the past few months, we need to ensure our citizens are protected.

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?

Yes. I believe if more information was shared it would make officers think twice and we would not have so many of these crimes and violations.

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