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|Hawaii House of Representatives District 13|
|Birthday||September 26, 1973|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamacia|
Russell's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
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.
|Hawaii House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Diana Mele Carroll Incumbent||73.1%||5,787|
Russell has a wife, Anna, and one child.
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- Simon Russell, "Political Platform," accessed September 27, 2012
- State of Hawaii: Office of Elections, "Federal/State/County Candidates, 2012 Primary Elections," retrieved June 11, 2012
- Hawaii Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
- State of Hawaii Office of Elections, “Hawaii General 2012 - State of Hawaii – Statewide,” November 20, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Simon Russell," accessed September 27, 2012