Nearly 900 delegates, alternates, and other guests from all across the state gathered in Waikiki this Memorial Day weekend for the Democratic Party of Hawai`i State Convention. But OMG, nobody was prepared for the shocking announcement made on the convention floor Sunday afternoon as former congressman Ed Case, in a stunning display of magnanimity, withdrew from the primary race for the First Congressional District. Philmund Lee gallantly followed suit to endorse fellow Democratic candidate Colleen Hanabusa as well. Though two doors may have closed, many more have definitely opened as Hawai`i moves back toward complete democratic representation in congress.
On behalf of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i, I would like to thank you for your hard work in organizing and executing our March 3rd caucus meetings. Without your efforts, Maui County would not have been fully represented at our convention. As it was, Maui County was able to send 83 out of a total 132 delegates allotted to our state convention to have their voices heard. This is an excellent turn out and we appreciate everything you’ve done to make this convention a success.
As the new chair of the Democratic party of Hawai`i, it is a pleasure to witness the people of Maui county voice their ideas and address the issues we face in the State of Hawai`i. It is heartening to know that I am able to rely on people like you to make sure that everyone is given the opportunity to participate in making Hawai`i a place where the people have the power!
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Dante K. Carpenter
Chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i