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K. Mark Takai
Mark Takai.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Hawaii District 1
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Hawaii House of Representatives District 33
In office
1994-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 20
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Vice Speaker of the House, Hawaii State House of Representatives
2005-2006
Compensation
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next primaryAugust 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa, 1990
Master'sUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa, 1993
Military service
Service/branchHawaii Army National Guard
Years of service1999-present
Personal
BirthdayJuly 1, 1967
Place of birthHonolulu, HI
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
K. Mark Takai is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. He was Vice Speaker from 2005-06.

He is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He is running in the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.[1]

Biography

Takai's professional experience includes working as Owner of Pacific First Health Solutions, as a Public Health Educator with the Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Education Project, as Publications Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Hawaii and Deputy State Surgeon in the Hawaii Army National Guard. Takai served as a First Lieutenant in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Takai served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Higher Education
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Takai served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Takai served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Takai's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Commitment to Children
Excerpt: "He has worked to increase school-level decision-making,to decrease administrative bureaucracy, and to ensure adequate funding for programs and school facilities. Since 2003, he has helped the Hawaii Department of Education obtain more than $40 million in increased federal impact aid funds. These funds go directly to pay operational expenses such as utilities and staff salaries."
  • Educational Excellence
Excerpt: "Mark has focused his efforts in our community’s schools. He has backed his commitment to our community schools by donating more than $20,000 in scholarships and educational grants. Since 1996, he has awarded 34 high school scholarships, more than 40 intermediate school awards and more than 600 student awards at our elementary schools."
  • Public Infrastructure: Much Needed Construction Dollars
Excerpt: "Along with Senator David Ige and other area legislators, Mark has been able to secure much-needed construction funding for our area schools and roadways. Since 1994, they have successfully budgeted more than $340 million for area projects. More than $160 million was secured for the funding of improvements to our freeways and highways."
  • Military and Veteran Affairs
Excerpt: "The military is a vital part of our community. It also contributes to our economic growth, with annual defense expenditures of around $5.6 billion."

Elections

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2014

Takai is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.[1] Takai is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Takai won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 33. Takai defeated incumbent Heather Giugni in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Sam Kong (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngK. Mark Takai Incumbent 67.2% 7,277
     Republican Sam Kong 32.8% 3,556
Total Votes 10,833
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngK. Mark Takai Incumbent 72.6% 5,308
Heather Giugni Incumbent 27.4% 2,008
Total Votes 7,316

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Takai won re-election to the 34th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary election on September 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. William Wong ran on the Republican ticket for this seat.[6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 34 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png K. Mark Takai (D) 6,213 76.0%
William Wong (R) 1,453 17.8%

2008

In 2008, Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 34th District. Takai ran unopposed in the election. He raised $95,011 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Takai is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Takai raised a total of $551,774 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[8]

K. Mark Takai's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 33 Won $115,250
2010 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $81,930
2008 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $95,011
2006 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $78,122
2004 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $51,118
2002 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $5
2000 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $77,481
1998 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $52,857
Grand Total Raised $551,774

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Takai's reports.[9]

Mark Takai (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[10]October 16, 2013$0.00$124,411.81$(11,759.91)$113,651.90
Year End[11]January 31, 2014$112,651$102,304$(37,076)$177,879
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$177,879$227,202$(83,056)$322,026
Running totals
$453,917.81$(131,891.91)

2012

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $115,250.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to K. Mark Takai's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 1186$4,000
Perik, Michael$2,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers$2,000
Ironworkers Local 625$2,000
Hawaii Optometric Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$115,250
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $81,930.

2008

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $95,011.

2006

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $78,122.

2004

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $51,118.

2002

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $5.

2000

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $77,481.

1998

Takai won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $52,857.

Scorecards

Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[13] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Takai received a total score of 12%. Here are the scores Takai received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
25% 0% 0% 0% 14% 0%

Personal

Takai and his wife, Sami, havetwo children, Matthew and Kaila.[14]

He is National Chairman of the National Network of Legislators in the Military, State Coordinator of United States for Military Families and Coordinator of the Hawaii Medal of Honor.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Heather Giugni (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 33
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 34
1994–2012
Succeeded by
Gregg Takayama (D)