The following post authored by the candidate is reproduced in its entirety from a mailer sent to voters in State House District 17 in October 2020

September 21, 2020

Aloha State House District 17 Resident:

As you cast your votes in the general election, I humbly request your consideration to be your next representative for the State House District 17 seat. Some thoughts for your consideration:

A New Voice For the Future – As the state now faces the difficult and prolonged process for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we need a legislator in this “new normal” of limited financial resources that will proactively participate in the difficult budgetary process and reflect the views of voters in our district. This includes actively advocating for programs including those concerned with crime, the environment and education, as well as others of local concern that may come under review for cuts in funding. We also need a legislator that has a financial background who will seek to ensure that government is operated in an efficient and effective manner and that costs are well controlled.

Relevant and Needed Experience – As we contend with the issues that have been facing our state since before COVID-19, which range from affordable housing and the high cost of living to crime, especially crimes committed against our kupuna, homelessness and the environment, we must acknowledge that solutions to these issues may be costly and will require legislators with financial backgrounds. With more than 30 years in both the private and public sectors dealing with financial matters, my financial and budgetary experience will be a resource in the Legislature that helps us find solutions to the challenges we face.

Priority Issues – I previously communicated my priority issues which include recovery of our economy as my first priority, followed by affordable housing, the high cost of living, crime, and homelessness. More detail is available at my website under Issues at www.keithkogachi.com. You can also contact me to discuss these or any other issues. In this mailer, I will focus on two issues related to the environment and health and safety.

  • Hanauma Bay – Since the bay has been closed due to the pandemic, there have been recent reports of recovery from strain of its ecosystem. This is an opportune time to review the usage of the bay. I support measures that revises the current rules and regulations governing access and use of the bay to ensure we protect its ecosystem from overuse.
  • Helicopter Noise and Safety –The Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force has scheduled two virtual focused meetings to gather input from the community. This task force was formed to address safety, noise and other issues related to helicopter and fixed-wing aerial tours and includes the Airports Division of the State Department of Transportation , appointees from the Legislature, industry organizations, technical advisory representation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other federal and military organizations. The first two virtual meetings have been scheduled for Pearl City and Kailua. I and others have requested that a focused virtual meeting for our district be scheduled and urge you to also do so before the task force deadline of December 1, 2020. You can support this request for a separate virtual meeting and also provide your comments and concerns regarding helicopter noise and safety issues in our district at the “Contact Us” page of their website hanstf.org.

Mahalo and stay safe,