WON THE ELECTION FOR DISTRICT 9 COUNTY COUNCIL (NORTH KOHALA AND MOST OF SOUTH KOHALA): WOW!
IT IS TIME TO DIG IN THE DIRT (MEANING GET TO WORK) -- AND DO SO IN A
SPIRIT OF ALOHA FOR EVERYONE, 'OHANA (AS ONE FAMILY), LOKAHI (TOGETHER
IN UNITY), ALAKA'I (LEADERSHIP AND INITIATIVE), MALAMA THE 'AINA (TAKE
GOOD CARE OF THE LAND), PONO (SEEKING WHAT IS RIGHT), AND MAHALO (BEING
GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE).
HERE ARE MY NOTES FOR MY SPEECH AT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S GRAND RALLY HELD IN HILO NOVEMBER 5TH-THE NIGHT BEFORE ELECTION DAY .
First I was introduced as running for County Council in District 9 (North and South Kohala) with references to my being an attorney in Waimea and with a background in anthropology, education, and law. Also there was mention of my role with regard to the 2012 revision of the County of Hawaii Democratic Party platform (I was the principal author of the document – but with input from many).
I stand before you as a life long Democrat running for District 9 County Council AND I INTEND TO WIN THIS RACE.
To you my fellow Democrats first I ask that we recommit to leadership based
on the fundamental democratic principles of open, fair, and collaborative
government – and that we not simply govern based on being the majority party.
Second we need to put an end to plantation style top-down politics – meaning no more “behind closed door” decision-making. It is time for a higher level of government accountability to the public – but in addition to government accountability we also need community accountability and individual accountability.
And to my fellow Democrats in state and federal office, as a member of the County Council, I will be there to assist you BUT I will fight to ensure our island
ohana has meaningful input in decisions that affect our lives. I will fight for
“home rule” and local say-so based on our community development plans –
including with respect to energy, agriculture, education, and the use of GMOs
or genetically engineered produce or products. I will help streamline permitting processes - and I am good at that -but streamlining must not be interpreted as permitting erosion of county and local input in government decision-making.
Let me also say: I intend to win this race in honor of our living treasures like my friends Queenie and Jamie Dowsett and for our children like my keiki campaign manager Jessica Andrews (who is here with us tonight), and for all of our public servants who are no longer with us, like my friends Ann Gomes and Achahn Schulze. Lastly I want to thank all of you who supported and worked on my campaign. I hope to make you proud.