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Wednesday, October 22, 2014         

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Neil Abercrombie first sought the state's top job in 2010, with Hawaii in a recession. His "New Day" vision, developed in a statewide, consensus-seeking "listening tour," was an easy sell.
The primary races for lieutenant governor take on added significance this year, as political parties focus on sending the strongest team of candidates to the general election.
Windward and Leeward Oahu comprise several distinct communities, all juggling competing land-use demands, traffic issues and a range of neighborhood needs.
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.
The primary races in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District have a full slate of worthy candidates, including seven in the Democratic contest and two each among the Republican and nonpartisan ranks.
In what has to be one of the most momentous primary elections in recent Hawaii history, voters are confronted with a difficult choice between two eminently qualified candidates for a U.S. Senate seat.

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