Why we need Walter Ritte. Why Maui is a pivot point.

We need to elect leaders statewide who will not be quiet, who will not just sit down and wait until it’s their turn, and who will not just go along to get along.

We need to elect change makers, not place holders.

Without question Uncle Walter Ritte is such a leader. Anyone who knows history knows that he will be the very last person to sit quietly while there is still work to be done. Walter Ritte is incapable of looking the other way and acting like he doesn’t see. Speaking truth to power is in his genes and his life is a testimony to community service.

Whether you live in Maui County or not, please stay with me on this.

Saturday August 13 is the deadline to vote and it’s too late to put your ballot in the mail. You must now drop you ballot at a “drop box” and the locations statewide can be found here.

My hope is that the people of Maui show up and vote. Especially those who live in Walter Ritte’s Senate District #7 –  Ha‘ikū, Hāna, Kaupō, Kīpahulu, Nahiku, Pā‘ia, Moloka’i, Lāna‘i, Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, Ulupalakua.

We need a new Maui Miracle and the stars are aligning for that to happen.

When the people of Senate District #7 show up – Walter Ritte wins.

And when the people of Senate District #7 show up it means the people of House District #13 Haiku, Ko’olau, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Paia, Lanai, Moloka’i also show up which means Mahina Poepoe also wins. Mahina is a genuine servant leader with solid values based in community and Aloha ʻĀina,.

Because the Maui Mayor’s race and all of the Maui Council races are elected County wide – the people of District #7 can be the swing votes that also ensure the election of Kelly King to be Maui’s next Mayor, AND further ensure that the most forward-thinking County Council in the State, led by Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Tamara Paltin, Shane Sinenci, and Gabe Johnson, becomes even stronger with the addition of Carol Lee KamekonaRobin KnoxNara BooneJordan Hocker, and Noelani Ahia.

And yes, with the momentum from District #7 comes the rest of the Maui Miracle and the election of 3 additional change-makers to the State House. House District 9 – Samuel Peralta Kahului Maui, House District 11 – Terez Amato South Maui, House District 14 – Elle Cochran West Maui

The results would truly be history making.

Riding the wave of an extraordinary turnout in District #7 and the election of Uncle Walter Ritte – could also play a pivotal role in deciding who will be our next governor, lieutenant governor, and member of Congress in the CD2.

Kai Kahele – Governor
Read Why I’m supporting Kai Kahele over Josh Green.
3 of the most influential champions of our natural environment speak out: Read what Marti Townsend, David Kimo Frankel, and Kau’i Pratt-Aquino have to say.

Keith Amemiya – Lieutenant Governor
Read: I’ve finally come to a decision on the lieutenant governor’s race and it’s Keith Amemiya.

Sergio Alcubilla – Congress CD1
My thoughts on Why Choose Sergio Alcubilla Over Ed Case?
For an update read: Sergio Alcubilla – the little engine that could.

Jill Tokuda – Congress CD2
Jill Tokuda is a solid Democrat with the experience we need now in Washington DC. I’ve known and worked with Jill Tokuda for years. She will serve us well.

All endorsed candidates running for legislative seats statewide are listed here (click and scroll)

Council races in every County are posted here: A special shout-out also to to Ikaika Hussey who is running for the Honolulu City Council District 6. We need Ikaika to win. When he wins, we all win.  Kaua`i friends – please make sure you vote for Fern Anuenue Holland and Addison Bulosan. To choose which Kaua`i incumbents to vote for read Policy, Politics, Affordable Housing, and Elections, Kaua`i Style.

Let’s do this. 

Gary L. Hooser

*OHA – While I believe all of us should cast an informed vote in the OHA races I am not making any personal endorsements for OHA at this time.  Please consult with people you know in the community who are most directly impacted by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

If you are interested in the process and thought that goes into candidate selection please read this short blog piece: Which Candidates Should Be Supported?

In case you are wondering why I do this and why you must vote.

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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