Simon Russell

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Simon Russell
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Candidate for
Hawaii House of Representatives District 13
PartyRepublican
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 26, 1973
Place of birthKingston, Jamacia
ReligionChristian
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Simon Russell was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 13 of the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Russell's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Energy Production: Reduce Energy Cost
Excerpt: "We have available to us geothermal, OTEC, solar, wind, hydroelectric and wave energy, as well as conventional methods of power generation. With current energy prices on the rise, the market for the service of energy production is open for business, and the people here are capable of implementing many of these methods of energy production. Hawaii can encourage private investment into the alternative energy sector, and begin to see an energy independent future."
  • Food Production: Increase Supply
Excerpt: "The first piece of legislation that I will introduce will be the Farm Tax Credit. All farms under 100 acres growing $20,000 or more in food per year will receive a 100% state tax exemption for any other business owned by the same owner that operate off that property, as long as non-farm related gross profits are less than $250,000."
  • Food Security: Grow Our Own, a plan to diversify agriculture
Excerpt: "Hawaii imports 92% of it’s food supply, making it one of the least food secure places on the planet. We can encourage the large agricultural land owners to diversify out of sugar and pineapple into food crops, and cash crops like coffee, chocolate (cacao), tobacco, hemp and bamboo. We urgently need to accelerate our food production in Hawaii, as we are vulnerable to a food crisis if we cannot produce the majority of what we eat."
  • Water Management: Live Within Our Means
Excerpt: "We must never exceed our sustainable water usage, or we will risk ruining these beautiful islands where we live. Molokai overpumped their aquifer, salinated it, and are now partially reliant on surface water. This is a tale of caution for the whole planet, we must learn to live within what our water resource can sustainably provide."
  • Educational Reform: Increased performance, lower cost…Charter Schools !
Excerpt: "The DOE uses 50% of it’s budget to administer the schools in Hawaii. This is unacceptable, we need to decentralize the DOE to put the local districts in charge of funding the schools through a system of local school boards that have oversight by district councils that are populated by resident volunteers/taxpayers that ultimately fund the schools. I also propose taking a serious look at charter schools, especially in low income areas."

Elections

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Russell ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 13. Russell ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Diana Mele Carroll (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Mele Carroll Incumbent 73.1% 5,787
     Republican Simon Russell 26.9% 2,130
Total Votes 7,917

Personal

Russell has a wife, Anna, and one child.[5]

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