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Monday, September 25, 2000

Campaign 2000

The Races to Watch

Neighbor Islands

State Senate

District 15 (Aiea-Moanalua): The winner will fill the seat vacated when Senate President Norman Mizuguchi retires.

Donna Mercado Kim (D)
Key to victory: Constituents want to know you're out there, accessible and standing up for them. Get to know residents in area from Halawa Valley Road to Pearl Country Club.

Ed Mina (R)
Key to victory: Overcome Kim's name recognition and her past work on the City Council and in the state House.
District 20 (Ewa Beach-Waipahu-Makakilo): Republicans hope Kanno's vote against the reappointment of former Attorney General Margery Bronster, his letter apologizing for that vote and his ties to organized labor make him vulnerable.

Sen. Brian Kanno (D)
Key to victory: Incumbent must be visible in the community and working hard at everything.

Henry Makini (R)
Key to victory: Let community know who he is and what he stands for - in contrast to his opponent - and get the message out that he is there to serve the communities he represents, and not special interests.

Wade A. Thode (L)
Key to victory: Get more name recognition.

District 24 (Kaneohe-Enchanted Lake): Democratic incumbent Marshall Ige knocked off in the primary. Republicans see this seat as ripe for the picking.

Solomon Nalua'i (D)
Key to victory: Getting his name and his stance on issues out to the public.

Bob Hogue (R)
Key to victory: Continue to meet with as many people as possible and listen to them.

District 25 (Kailua- Waimanalo): Republican incumbent Whitney Anderson lost in the primary.

Leona Kalima (D)
Key to victory: Continue grass-roots campaign.

Fred Hemmings (R)
Key to victory: Emphasize how a Republican candidate can be a positive agent for change in a state controlled by Democrats.

State House

District 44 (Waianae - Makaha): Auwae beat Jones by 21 votes in 1998. Kamahele's entry as a Aloha Aina Political Party member throws an unknown factor into the mix.

Emily Auwae (R)
Key to victory: Do not let up on campaign as established frontrunner.

Merwyn Jones (D)
Key to victory: Stress unfulfilled priorities in the district under Auwae and continue to meet with area residents.

Momi Kamahele (A)
Key to victory: Court independent voters and work the district to gain visibility.

District 42 (Kunia-Makakilo): Only 242 votes separated Moses from Timson in '98. More families have moved into Kapolei and Makakilo since then, and Timson feels confident of their support.

Mark Moses (R)
Key to victory: Continue to work hard and stand on legislative record.

Maeda Timson (D)
Key to victory: Urge voter turnout, stand on community record and increase visibility about her work.

District 24 (Makiki-Tantalus): Round 2 shoot-out for these young guns. Schatz took Aiona's seat in 1998 by just 458 votes and Aiona is back to settle the score.

Brian Schatz (D)
Key to victory: Continue to push for positive change and stand on legislative record

Sam Aiona (R)
Key to victory: Show voters he really wants to represent them again and will work hard to do so.

District 47 (Kahaluu-Heeia-Kaneohe): Incumbent Catalani got 190 votes more than Djou in 1998, but Djou has worked to raise his visibility.

Iris Ikeda Catalani (D)
Key to victory: Continue to meet with residents and stand on legislative record

Charles K. Djou (R)
Key to victory: Walk district and convince voters he can make real changes in state Legislature.

Neighbor Islands

HOUSE DISTRICT 4 (Puna-Kau, Hawaii): Robert Herkes' bid for Big Island mayor opened the seat. Green Party candidate Virginia Aste, a former Democrat, may have a chance to win the Greens' first seat in the Legislature, but she faces tough opposition.

Virginia 'Ginny' Aste (G)
Key to victory: Be visible in the district and listen to what people have to say.

Helene H. Hale (D)
Key to victory: Stress qualifications as a longtime councilwoman and delegate to the constitutional convention; rely on Democratic Party unity.

Robert Reed (R)
Key to victory: Campaign on improving the economy and avoid being "bought" by refusing to accept campaign donations of more than $100.

Aaron Anderson (L)
Key to victory: Remain persistent; get better funding and promote name recognition.

SENATE DISTRICT 5 (Wailuku-Kahului-Upcountry Maui): Democrats hope to keep this seat after Sen. Joe Tanaka decided not to run for re-election. English faces a top deputy in Linda Lingle's administration.

Allen T. Shishido (R)
Key to victory: Appeal to independent voters who are tired of what is happening in the Legislature.

J. Kalani English (D)
Key to victory: Running on past record and endorsements of labor, environmental and trade groups.

BIG ISLAND MAYOR: With incumbent Mayor Stephen Yamashiro unable to run for another term, Big Island voters picked political outsiders in the primary. Tired of scandals in the police and fire departments, voters are looking for integrity more than promises.

Harry Kim (R)
Key to victory: Maintain voter confidence that the same man they trusted as Civil Defense director would be the best choice for mayor.

Fred Holschuh (D)
Key to victory: Overcome the immense popularity of Republican Kim.

Keiko Bonk (G)
Key to victory: Convince voters that a Green Party mayor could be effective.

Primary Election Results

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