Full Name: Jaci Alita Agustin
Name on Ballot: Jaci Agustin
Political Party: Republican
Running For: State House
District: 34 – Waimalu, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Job: Full-time candidate
Place of birth: Missoula, MT
Campaign website: Jaciagustin.com
Job history past 10 years:
2008-2014: YMCA OF Honolulu – Metro Office, Program Coordinator
2014: Candidate for state House of Representatives
2014-2015: Legislative media liaison
2015-2016: Candidate for state House of Representatives
Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome?
2014 House of Representatives, I won the primary. In the general, with only five months in the race, I was able to secure 40% of the vote.
Other civic experience or community service?
Board of Directors Pearl City Community Association
Pearl City Lions Club
Rotary Club of Pearlridge
Fans From Fans (PCHS)
Creator of Aiea/Pearl City Traffic Alert
School services volunteer
School reading volunteer
Organizer, neighborhood security watches
Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?
I am married to Chad Agustin, a Honolulu police officer and Army Reservist and am mom to our 5-year-old son CJ. Hawaii’s future is our son’s future. I humbly seek the support of voters to represent them with a new brand of leadership centered in service.
What makes you qualified to be a state representative?
Dedication, hard work and commitment are three hallmarks that I bring to every job I have done. These three elements, along with a wholehearted respect for the office, and the constituents whom I will represent, are the strong qualifications I will bring as a representative.
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?
No, I do not support an increase on the aforementioned taxes and fees. I first want to exhaust all unused Federal Highway Administration funds allotted to Hawaii. Additionally my district has a large percentage of fixed income residents and these taxes and fees would place an unnecessary burden on them.
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 support rail but do not support an extension of the half-percent excise tax surcharge. The reasoning is that I do not want to burden my district with additional taxes to fund a project that should have been completed on budget.
Should the state play a role in cracking down on illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii?
Regulation and enforcement of rules relating to vacation rentals should be left in the authority of the counties.
Should the Legislature require that police officers in Hawaii use “body cameras,” and help to fund the use of those cameras?
The matter of police officers using “body cameras” should remain under the authority of each county and as such, funding should be generated at the county level of government.
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?
I believe assertive and unfettered oversight by government is adequate to protect the public’s interest and that additional public disclosure is not required.