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Takai, Djou should prevail in primary


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2014

~~<p>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. The crowded Democratic contest has attracted the most attention, naturally, and one candidate rises above the rest of a notable group. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorses state Rep. Mark Takai's bid for the Democratic nomination in this important national race.</p>
<p>Takai, a 20-year lawmaker, lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has a strong grasp of the national issues that are most vital to Hawaii residents and a keen understanding of the relationship-building necessary to match the state's needs with the federal resources available to fill them. One example is the six-year effort he coordinated to net more than $40 million in federal impact aid for the Hawaii Department of Education &mdash; money that made a real difference in the lives of public schoolchildren throughout the state.</p>
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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. The crowded Democratic contest has attracted the most attention, naturally, and one candidate rises above the rest of a notable group. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorses state Rep. Mark Takai's bid for the Democratic nomination in this important national race.

Takai, a 20-year lawmaker, lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has a strong grasp of the national issues that are most vital to Hawaii residents and a keen understanding of the relationship-building necessary to match the state's needs with the federal resources available to fill them. One example is the six-year effort he coordinated to net more than $40 million in federal impact aid for the Hawaii Department of Education — money that made a real difference in the lives of public schoolchildren throughout the state. Login for more...



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