ll 51 state House seats will be up for grabs this year, but only 19 races include primary challenges. That's a shame. State representatives wield huge influence over life in Hawaii, and the electorate would benefit from more vigorous competition.
Other than a very few hot electoral battles this election cycle — Sen. Malama Solomon will face off again with her predecessor in that Hawaii island seat, Lorraine Inouye — there will be few challenges to the status quo in the Legislature.
The nine members of the Honolulu City Council must respond to the needs of their individual districts while simultaneously acting as a cohesive body that advances solutions to Oahu's most pressing problems — without unduly burdening taxpayers. That's the ideal, and some Council lineups have succeeded better than others.
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The Latest Medical Breakthrough At UH
Dr. Walton Shim and engineering graduate student Larry Martin are looking to become major players in the medical technology industry. Their device, SmarTummy, is a manikin that can simulate any number of abnormalities in the abdomen. Read More »
Standing With Abused Keiki
When a child is physically or sexually abused, Children’s Justice Center is there to help. Now you can help the center by attending a Western-themed gala, at which one of the auction items is a football signed by Hawaii players on the Oregon Ducks team Read More »