Time to pivot hard to local elections.

If you are both saddened and outraged by what happened to George Floyd, and what is happening in cities and towns across the country – know that I am as well. Inspired by the thousands who have taken to the streets, but sad and outraged that they have been forced to do so.

If you are disgusted by the actions of our political leaders in Washington D.C., I get it.

If you are disappointed with local politics, and tired and broke, and totally over dealing with unemployment, COVID, and the craziness engulfing the world – I get that too.

While we may not be able to change the greater world in the next 60 days, we can change the world locally here in Hawaii.

My hope is that we can shake off the bad stuff for a moment anyway, and focus on our local elections. The 2020 primary election voting will start on July 21 and end on August 8. We have several high-quality candidates and we need to help them get elected.

The reality is we need to do this because of the bad stuff. We need to vote for change because of how COVID has been handled, because doctors and nurses don’t have PPE’s, because we have people in breadlines and others that still await their unemployment checks, and yes because of police brutality and racial inequality.

We need to peacefully protest, and fight for meaningful change here in Hawaii by supporting those candidates who share our values, who believe in economic, social and environmental justice – and who are fighting for the opportunity to serve us.

The primary election is on August 8th, and voting will start on July 21. We have good candidates running on every island. They can win, but not without your help. Your ACTIVE help and financial support is critical. Trust me for a second and know that even a $10 or $25 contribution is helpful and important to these candidates. Equally important is helping with phone banking, letter writing, putting up signs in your yard, and a bumper sticker on your car.

There are over a dozen strong and worthy candidates running for election to the State House of Representatives. These are individuals who support the core principle of putting people and the planet over corporate interests, and who have the strength of character to rise above the culture of fear and self-interest that now permeates the House. Each of these candidates deserves our collective support and I will be highlighting manyß of them in the coming days. If I miss some that you believe should be included, please let me know.

Any candidate that wants to talk is also welcome to call. I understand that some candidates are afraid of being labeled “too progressive”. If that’s the case, the truth is IMHO they are probably not progressive enough, and certainly not bold enough.
#notimeforwimps #noplaceforwimps #boldleadersnow

Bottom line: We are fortunate to have several excellent candidates who are running for election and who can win, but to do so they need our support now. There are less than 60 days left and we must collectively push very hard.

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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2 Responses to Time to pivot hard to local elections.


    Gary, I’m willing to have a sign in my yard here on Omao Rd on Kauai. The “sign monitor” can text me as to where to pick up sign.
    Mahalo, Yvonne

    • garyhooser says:

      Thank you Yvonne for the offer! While I am not running myself, I am sure there are other worthy candidates that would love to have a sign on Omao Road 😉 It is a prime location with lots of traffic.

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