Michelle Kidani

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Michelle Kidani
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Hawaii State Senate District 18
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sHonolulu Business College (1969), Leeward Community College (1980)
Bachelor'sKennedy-Western University (1993)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1948
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
ProfessionExecutive Assistant, City and County of Honolulu
ReligionChristian
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michelle Kidani (b. September 30, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 18. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Kidani earned her A.A. as a Legal Secretary from Honolulu Business College in 1969, her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College in 1980, her B.S. in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University in 1993 and her diploma from the Hawaii Leadership Academy in 2004.

Kidani's professional experience includes working as Senior Advisor to the Honolulu City Council from 1988 to 2000, Office Manager for Waipahu Community Association from 2001 to 2002, MedQuest Administrator in Customer Service for the State of Hawaii from 2002 to 2005 and Executive Assistant to the City and County of Honolulu since 2005.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Human Services
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs
Ways and Means, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Kidani's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Funding for key areas
"Transportation," "Public Education," "Higher Education," "Health and Human Services."
  • Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Harassment
"Bullying has gained more attention due to the increasing amount of violent and high-profile incidents, both locally and nationally. As a State legislator, Senator Kidani wanted to find solutions to help control this problem for Hawaii children and adults."
  • Charter School Governance and Accountability
"Charter schools have become a visible and important component of the education system in Hawaii. It is imperative to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the Charter School Review Panel and the local school boards to ensure that all charter schools are using state dollars effectively and transparently while still keeping their identify and meeting their educational goals."
  • Student Instructional Time
"The Legislature realized that the State of Hawaii cannot allow our students to be last in the country when it comes to instructional time. In 2010, they passed a law that would mandate that 180 instructional days be required for all public schools. However, there were some adjustments which were needed to the original Act."
  • Emergency Responder's Safety
"Senator Kidani will be introducing a new bill in 2012 that is based on a new law from the State of New York. This bill would require motorists to exercise due care when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is parked, stopped, or standing on the shoulder or any portion of a highway."

Elections

2014

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Michelle Kidani was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Dennis C.H. Kim was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kidani will face Kim and Raymond Banda III (L) in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Kidani won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 18. Kidani defeated former Hawaii House Representative Michael Magaoay in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Rojo Herrera (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Kidani Incumbent 72.3% 14,518
     Republican Rojo Herrera 27.7% 5,573
Total Votes 20,091
Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Kidani Incumbent 64.6% 7,434
Michael Magaoay 35.4% 4,077
Total Votes 11,511

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kidani won election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 17th Senate District. Kidani ran unopposed in the election. She raised $30,290 for her campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kidani is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kidani raised a total of $217,490 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[8]

Michelle Kidani's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Won $150,644
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $36,556
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Won $30,290
Grand Total Raised $217,490

2012

Kidani won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $150,644.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michelle Kidani's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Operating Engineers$4,000
Patsy T Mink PAC$4,000
Hawaii Optometric Association$3,700
Pickard, Elissa M$3,500
Pickard, Joseph G$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$150,644
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kidani was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $36,556.

2008

Kidani won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $30,290.

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.[9] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Kidani received a total score of 5%. Here are the scores Kidani received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 67% 0% 0%

Personal

Kidani has four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clarence Nishihara (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 18
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii State Senate District 17
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Clarence Nishihara (D)