Mahalo to all who have extended their positive encouragement and generous contributions to the “Friends of Gary Hooser” campaign committee. Because of your faith and confidence, I am moving ahead with the next step and have filed with the Federal Elections Commission establishing the “Hooser For Hawaii” campaign committee. This allows us to move our exploratory campaign more aggressively toward the goal of entering the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District. I have lived, worked and raised my family in this District for the past 30 years. I know first-hand the needs and unique nature of our mostly rural community.
We are forming committees on every island, doing the research needed to ensure we are positioned to win, and reaching out to community leaders and friends around the State. If you would like to meet and discuss issues, or have ideas you would like to share, please call or email me.
Our core message is simple; it is time to resurrect and revitalize the principle of a “government by the people, of the people and for the people”. In 2008 with the collapse of the financial markets, the veil was lifted and we see now first-hand the devastating impacts resulting from the politics and policies of greed.
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement that is building across our nation and in Hawaii is a reflection of the tremendous dissatisfaction and disenchantment with the status quo. Those joining the ranks of this movement should be applauded for willing to stand up and be counted, and to say “enough is enough”.
The high number of unemployed, the homeless, the foreclosures, the decreasing standard of living that working families everywhere are enduring is difficult to comprehend. And while steps must be taken to reverse this trend, Congress seems to continuously push us in the wrong direction. We must fight back against those who seek to further undermine the very foundations of the great society dreamed of by our parents and grandparents. We must restore the faith, confidence, and belief that if one works hard and plays by the rules then the American dream can truly be realized.
While I am hopeful that this new movement reflects a growing trend toward increased civic participation, I remain very concerned that too many others are simply giving up and disengaging. My message to them is “if we quit, they win”. I believe deeply that ordinary people can make a difference, that our system of democracy is a good one and that it is up to us to take ownership so that we can move toward a future of hope, opportunity and fairness that we deserve.
For this reason and many, many others I am compelled to move toward entering the campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District. The path is long and the hill is steep, but not taking up the challenge is akin to surrender before the first step is taken.
We can and we must, prove the cynics wrong. I am willing to take on the challenge if you will join me.
Mahalo again for all the help and support you have already given. Imua!
Gary L. Hooser
It is no secret that the perceived frontrunner in this race is a friend of big business, big development and big corporations, and he will benefit from the deep pockets of those interests. It is also no secret that his record on social issues and environmental protection is deplorable.
These same interests will work hard to prevent a truly progressive, pro-people and pro-environment candidate like Gary Hooser from winning a seat in Congress.
We can win, but we must work harder and smarter than the other side. And, we must continuously request the fundraising help needed to balance the money scales in this very important election.
Whether it is $10 or $1,000 we need your contribution today. If you are able to give, please do so today via regular mail payable to “Hooser For Hawaii, P.O. Box 1710, Hanalei Hawaii 96714
Volunteers are also needed on every island – to join the Hooser team email TeamHooser@gmail.com