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June 6, 2011

Let The Races Begin

So here we are, 17-months away from the next, big general election, and yet the local campaigns and announcements have already begun. With U.S. House representative Mazie Hirono throwing her hat into the ring to replace retiring Senator Daniel Akaka, already-announced Democratic senate candidate, Ed case, has his first tough challenge. And there are more possible candidates for this vaunted and rarely-available senate seat to be named, including a possible entry on the Republican side by former governor Linda Lingle.

Of course, Hirono's announcement also means that her House seat is now up for grabs, and since she informed everyone of her decision to run for the U.S. Senate so early in the game, it leaves a lot of people a lot of time to decide if they want to give up the relative safety of a local legislative seat to take a shot at Washington, D.C. politics. And rest assured that the national parties will once again get involved in House and Senate races locally, as both major parties will see an opportunity to either gain or retain positions.

And then there is the mayor's race on Oahu, where incumbent Peter Carlisle will undoubtedly be challenged by a few familiar names. The key with any announcement or initial candidate posturing is not to burn out too early or lay out too many details of your promises too soon. It is vital in tight races to make sure that your impassioned pleas to the voting public ring loud and clear in the dog days of summer- next summer, that is- right before the primary and general elections. Ah yes, let the local races begin; this one already looks like a marathon. Think about it…

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