It's only mid-July, 2013, but the August, 2014, Democratic primary race is on for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Brian Schatz. While this race is a marathon, with 13-months to go, both candidates have come out of the starting gate sprinting. Schatz locked up some early union endorsements, while Hanabusa used a politically star-studded event at Bishop Museum that featured two former governors, three current county mayors, a retired U.S. Senator, a state Supreme Court chief justice, and the widow of the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who gave Hanabusa
his nod of approval as his last political request. Governor Abercrombie chose Schatz to complete Inouye's term in Washington, D.C.
Some may look at the battle as the old school versus the future, but for the majority of voters, the best thing to do would be to take the time over the next year and look at the track record of the candidates, look at what they've actually been for or against on record, and don't get hung up in lofty pontification and promises. Every candidate is trying to do the best for our future, every candidate for every position promises to work in our best interests, but what does the record show.
Those real results will ultimately be the best sign that you can look for as you educate yourself, in this Senate primary race next August and in every other contested race that will crop up over the next year. You have plenty of time to find the facts, and lots of time to register to vote and become an integral part of the decision-making process in Hawaii. Hanabusa and Schatz is just the beginning battle in the 2014 campaign. Buckle up. Think about it…