In preparation for the final day of voting on August 11th, many in the Kauai community have been asking my thoughts on the various candidates running for office.
To make it easy, I have listed the candidates I voted for below. I encourage all to review the candidate websites, attend the forums and contact the candidates directly to ask questions and seek additional information.
Voting in the Primary is happening today Thursday August 9th from 8am until 4pm in the Historic County Annex Building on Rice Street. And on the very last day of August 11th at polling stations around the island.
For those who are interested I voted a few days ago for the following candidates:
Governor: David Ige http://www.davidige.org
To a great extent this explains why I am supporting Governor Ige: https://garyhooser.blog/2018/06/21/governor-ige-leadership-core-values-and-resolve-under-pressure/
Lieutenant Governor: Kim Coco Iwamoto https://www.kimcoco.com
Why I support Kim Coco Iwamoto https://garyhooser.blog/2018/06/07/why-gary-hooser-is-supporting-kim-coco-iwamoto-to-be-hawaiis-next-lieutenant-governor/
Kauai Mayor: JoAnn Yukimura http://joannyukimura.com
Mason Chock https://www.mason4kauai.org
Felicia Cowden https://www.feliciacowden.com
Adam Roversi https://electadamroversi.org
I chose to only vote for these 3 and not expend my full 7 votes. These three are the endorsed candidates of Pono Hawaii Inititiative (PHI) of which I am the executive director. Read more on the voting strategy here: http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/08/08/opinion/on-plunking-block-voting-and-breaking-through-the-14-mark/
2nd Congressional District Blank – No Vote
I have issues with all of the 2nd Congressional candidates on their “military” positions. None are willing to speak in support of decreased military spending. I believe in a strong defense but believe the United States spends far too much of our national budget on weaponry.
State House District #15
State House District #16
Daynette “Dee” Morikawa
I do not live in District #16 but if I did, I would vote for Dee. I have found Rep. Morikawa to be a bridge builder and a professional, thoughtful legislator who does her homework and then works hard for the betterment of her community. It is critically important that Dee be re-elected and I am asking friends who live in District #16 to help spread the word.
Oha was a tough one for me and I fee less confident making recommendations. I encourage folks to review the Sierra Club endorsements as I know they employed a thorough evaluation process and these candidates are likely strong on environmental issues as well as being strong on issues relavant to their community.
Also you might want to consult with other friends active in the Hawaiian community to get their input. If you are not sure, simply leave it blank. Please do not just guess or choose based on simply name familiarity.
Good luck! gh