Now, more than ever, we must work together. It is time to elect leaders that have the resilience of our island home and local families at the heart of their service… leaders like Simon Russell. In order to win the House 12 election, we need at least 4,000 neighbors to band together and root Simon Russell into service at our State Capital. Please hoʻohui, join the hui for House 12 today and make sure to vote on August 8, 2020.

Now, more than ever, we must work together. It is time to elect leaders that have the resilience of our island home and local families at the heart of their service… leaders like Simon Russell. In order to win the House 12 election, we need at least 4,000 neighbors to band together and root Simon Russell into service at our State Capital. Please hoʻohui, join the hui for House 12 today and make sure to vote on August 8, 2020.

ʻOHANA

FAMILY IS THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO; EVERY ACTION IS MOTIVATED BY ALOHA.

KUMU

EDUCATORS PROVIDE US THE TOOLS FOR THRIVING IN FAST CHANGING TIMES.

LOLI

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IS THE KEY TO ISLAND-WIDE RESILIENCE.

ʻĀINA

LAND AND WATER IS SACRED, `ĀINA SUSTAINS PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.

JOIN THE HOUSE 12 HUI

FOR SIMON IN SERVICE

A MESSAGE FROM SIMON RUSSELL

Hawaiʻi is a special place and I love our home. We must protect our natural beauty, our open spaces and our agricultural heritage. We can work together to address the extremely high cost of living for our local families, the lack of support for our workforce in the public education system, the issue of foreign control of our Upcountry water delivery systems, and the deep concerns that are embodied in climate change.  These are just some of the issues for which I will find solutions, and my door will always be open to the people I represent to hear your concerns. Please join our hui for House 12 and allow me to represent you at your State Capitol in Honolulu.

Maui Voters in House District 12 (HD12):  Stay tuned for information about Simon Russell’s 2020 listening tour. If you’d like to meet your candidate for the Hawaii State House of Representatives, contact the campaign with the info at the bottom of this web page.

Maui District 12 includes the neighborhoods of Kanaio, Ulupalakua, Keokea, Kula, Olinda, Pukalani, Makawao, Haliʻimaile, Kahului Airport, Spreckelsville

Aloha ʻĀina

The Aloha ʻĀina movement in action today is restoring cultural values and creating a better future in Hawai’i.  The Russell 2020 campaign is in alignment with Aloha ʻĀina and will carry this perspective of value-based leadership to the state legislature.  Simon Russell (Democratic Party) will champion resilient local food systems, sustainable energy supply and economic diversification alongside other emerging leaders of  Aloha ʻĀina movement such as Walter Ritte for House District 13 (Democratic Party), Kahala Chrupalyk for House District 9 (Aloha ʻĀina Party), and the ‘Ohana candidates of Maui

COMMUNITY ENDORSEMENTS

Bobby Pahia, Hoaloha Farms

Support the Campaign

Donations to the Simon Russell 2020 Campaign are used to fund our outreach initiatives within the House 12 neighborhoods.  Our goal is to connect with at least 4000 residents and prepare them to vote in the 2020 Primary Elections on August 8, 2020.  To meet our goal, we are crowdfunding $2,000 from our community and matching community donations with major donations from residents who align with our four platform pillars.  Whether you can give as little as the cost of a cup of coffee or able to provide more for the cause, we appreciate your financial contribution to this campaign!

*As an alternative to using the yellow button to make an online donation, checks can be made payable to “Friends of Simon Russell” and mailed to Friends of Simon Russell, PO Box 92, Makawao, HI 96768. Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, occupation and employer with your donation as that information is required by the State Campaign Spending Commission.

$200 out of $2000 raised

 Important Dates for Hawaii’s 2020 Primary Election:

 THIS ELECTION WILL BE WON OR LOST IN THE PRIMARY. YOUR TIMELY SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL!

 Thursday, July 9, 2020

Register to vote by mail-in ballot.

 Learn more about registering at: https://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/registration/

If you miss this date to register, you can also register and vote on the same day at the Voting Service Centers open from July 27, 2020 to August 8, 2020. Locations and hours of Ballot Drop Sites and Voter Service Centers will be available in May 2020.

 Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Look for your Primary Election ballot packet in the mail.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Voter Service Centers open and stay open to receive your votes until August 8, 2020.

Locations and hours of Ballot Drop Sites and Voter Service Centers will be available in May 2020. More information at: https://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/hawaii-votes-by-mail/

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

 We recommend you mail in your vote by this day so it gets there in time!

Mail your ballot to the Maui County Clerk’s Office:

200 South High Street • Room 708

Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

The Last Day to Register & Vote in Hawaii’s 2020 Primary Election

 Ballots must be received by 7 p.m.

Support Simon Russell to advance Hawaii’s economic diversity and agricultural sustainability.

Simon Russell was raised in Hawaii, works as a farmer, and lives in Upcountry Maui (Makawao) with his wife, Kiki (an organic farm and processing inspector), and their children. He helps farmers through Hui ‘O Mālama ‘Āina LLC, an agricultural consulting company, and Farm Maui LLC, a licensed contracting company focused on farm operations and management. Simon Russell is a staunch advocate for Hawaii farmers, Hawaii families, and Hawaii’s natural environment.

Simon Russell has testified and made presentations at scores of government and community meetings.

On January 16, 2020, Simon Russell spoke about Maui’s watersheds at the Mauna Kahalawai Chapter meeting of the Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) at Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku. His presentation, “Restoration, Maintenance and Management of Maui’s Watersheds,” focused on the recent Maui Board of Water Supply Temporary Investigative Group’s report on the feasibility of purchasing and maintaining the East Maui Irrigation (EMI) water-delivery system. He also discussed an upcoming legislative bill to create watershed councils modeled on the ʻAha Moku Council to restore, maintain, and manage the watersheds.

Simon Russell serves on various local, state and federal boards, working groups and committees, including:

• USDA Farm Service Agency – State Committee Member
• Makawao Elementary School Parent Teachers Assoc. – Co-President
• Affordable Agriculture Worker Housing Working Group – Founder
• Upcountry Rotary Club – Member

Simon Russell has also served on the following boards and committees:

• Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF) – Founding President (2015-2017)
• Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) – Haleakala Chapter President (2016-2018)
• Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) – State Vice President (2012-2015)
• Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) – State Legislative Committee Chairman (2012–2017)
• GMO-Free Maui – Founding member, grant writer, secretary (2004-2007)

Simon Russell’s Values

In the time of climate change, political instability, water shortages and the fragile global supply chain, now is the time for Hawai‘i to become more self reliant and interdependent.  Simon Russell is building a new hale, a new home, for House 12, one that is built upon four pillars: ‘ohana, kumu, loli, and ‘āina.  These four important values will guide Simon in leadership and allow him to address the great challenges of our time. Learn more as we describe them below.

REDUCE COST OF LIVING

IMPROVING FAMILY SECURITY

Run an aggressive campaign to build low income housing and affordable housing at or below the 60% Adjusted median income (AMI) level.
Economic diversity away from the visitor industry to stabilize the economy
  • Local building growth industry based on Hemp, bamboo and locally produced materials
  • Modifications to building codes to allow for alternative and experimental housing construction to be streamlined
  • A focus on growing materials for a 3D printing materials base
Food security for our population by subsidizing import replacement and sustainable organic solutions
  • Attention to what a living wage means in Upcountry Maui, and bringing that information to the state legislature to either lower costs of living, or increasing wages to the appropriate levels.

ʻOHANA

FAMILY IS THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO.  EVERY ACTION IS MOTIVATED BY LOVE.

PRIORITIZE EDUCATION

SUBSIDIZING COSTS FOR OUR EDUCATORS AND DOE STAFF

Improving the lives of teachers and the rest of the DOE staffers who can barely afford to live here by

 

  • Subsidized housing
  • Cost of living adjustments (C.O.L.A.)
  • College tuition waivers after time served in DOE (Amount of time T.B.D)

KUMU

EDUCATORS PROVIDE US THE TOOLS FOR THRIVING IN FAST CHANGING TIMES.

STEWARD LOCAL RESOURCES

MAINTAINING PUBLIC TRUST LAND & WATER

Local control of our natural resources, and Home Rule over our Wai and ʻĀina
  • Hawaii must have paid members of the Board of Land and Natural Resources that are not political appointees but qualified employees to manage the public trust that are transparent and accountable to the people
  • Watershed restoration must be a top priority, without secure and healthy watersheds, life on these islands will not thrive as it could and should.  Local control of watersheds is crucial, as locals can more easily observe, monitor and maintain watershed health than can Honolulu bureaucrats
More source water for upcountry Maui and the ability to get rid of the entire 3,000 person water meter waiting list by building upcountry water storage at elevation
  • Work with partners at the county, state and federal levels to accomplish this
  • Use USDA Rural Development dollars to finance a major infrastructure program upcountry and create a LOT of good jobs
  • All lands mandated by Act 90 SLH 2003 shall transfer to the HDOA for use for agriculture production.  The DLNR must obey the law and transfer these hundreds of thousands of acres into the HDOA for Hawaii’s food secure future.

ʻĀINA

LAND AND WATER IS SACRED, ʻĀINA SUSTAINS PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.

IMPROVE ISLAND RESILIENCE

PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

  • Major infrastructure projects to address supply chain disruptions due to global warming, sea level rise, loss of tourism, droughts
  • Emphasis on economic, food and water security
  • Sustainable and resilient food systems
4 Disruptive Factors:
Fragile global supply chain, Unstable geopolitics. Shortage of freshwater, Climate change

LOLI

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IS THE KEY TO ISLAND-WIDE RESILIENCE. 

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