Think About It: Voter & Candidate Awareness - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

June 19, 2014

Think About It: Voter & Candidate Awareness

A little over seven weeks remain in the 2014 primary season- do you know where your vote is? As we don't have a very vibrant two-party system in this state, the primary election, in many cases, becomes a de facto general election, or close to it. So it would behoove interested citizens to find out what the exact plans are for announced candidates. You might need to wade through the normal big picture promises and statements about supporting education, supporting our keiki, caring for the ‘aina and looking forward to a brighter tomorrow for Hawaii. Those statements are boilerplate, generic, hollow, and shallow by now. 

Of greater importance is how are these change-masters going to introduce and see through the changes necessary to improve things that need improving? While you can't expect a candidate to give you all of the details, a little beneath-the-surface data would sure help, especially for the non-incumbents who are struggling to knock someone out of office.  Those not in office would be well-served by pointing out differences to set themselves apart from those in office. And FYI, on the national level, about 95% of incumbent Congressional reps get re-elected, while the number is closer to 90% for senators seeking re-election.

Re-electing incumbents is not necessarily a problem or a system flaw. There are some great people who well-represent their constituents and surely deserve your vote based on their actual performance. But as a voter, make sure you register, and then get better informed and better educated by looking at where candidates stand before you vote absentee or enter the booth on August 9… if you care. After all, it's only our future that's at stake. Think about it…



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