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Gabbard Files Papers Vowing to Bring Fresh Leadership to Congress

Tulsi Gabbard, courtesy photo. The Sierra Club last month announced the endorsement of Gabbard in the primary for Hawai’i’s 2nd Congressional District. Among Gabbard's environmental priorities are: Making Hawai’i the nation’s leading producer of renewable energy; and creating a sustainable economy with less dependency on foreign oil and imports.

By Wendy Osher

Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard filed nomination papers today for the 2nd District that includes Maui. Gabbard, who currently serves as a member of the Honolulu City Council, made her candidacy official by filing papers at the Office of Elections.

In addition to her service with the Council, Gabbard is also a veteran of two Middle East deployments with the Hawai’i National Guard.

Today, she was joined by supporters, pledging to “help move Hawai’i past politics as usual and bring fresh leadership to Congress,” that she said would help to create jobs, protect Medicare and Social Security, and create opportunities for Hawaii’s middle class families.

“I am humbled by the support and the momentum our campaign continues to gain every single day,” said Gabbard.

“People are tired of the gridlock and politics as usual. Our campaign is surging because they know that they can trust me to work hard for them, to rebuild and strengthen our economy, help people get good jobs, and protect Hawaii’s middle class families. Getting our financial house in order will also help us protect Medicare and Social Security, so we can care for our families and kupuna. That’s why I’m running for Congress,” she said.

Kaneohe resident Sam Makainai, who was among the supporters on hand today said, “I am so excited to see one of our bright young leaders here in Hawai’i stepping up to provide the fresh leadership we need. It’s important that we elect someone young enough like Tulsi to build seniority and thus power in Congress. People forget that Sen. Inouye was first elected to Congress at age 34, and Patsy Mink was also elected to Congress when she was in her thirties.”

Gabbard’s campaign manager Max Glass expressed differences between Gabbard and other candidates saying, “There’s a clear difference between Tulsi and Mayor Hannemann in this campaign. Tulsi brings fresh leadership to Congress. If you’re ready to start getting things done for Hawaii’s middle class families, Tulsi is the way to go. Mayor Hannemann, on the other hand, represents politics as usual,” he said.

In April, Gabbard garnered the endorsement of the Sierra Club who is backing Gabbard in the August 11 primary.

Upon learning of the endorsement, Gabbard said her chief environmental priorities would include: Making Hawai’i the nation’s leading producer of renewable energy; Creating a sustainable economy with less dependency on foreign oil and imports; Requiring the proper labeling of all GMO products; Securing funding for tropical agriculture research; Modernizing water irrigation systems; and supporting Hawai’i’s farmers with “Made in/Grown in Hawai’i” labeling.

Gabbard (D) is seeking the seat being vacated by US Representative Mazie Hirono, who is running for US Senator Daniel Akaka’s seat in 2012.

Other key contenders in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat are former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D), and Esther Kiaaina, (D) from Kapolei.

As of Thursday, May 17, two lesser known candidates on O’ahu also had filed papers for the race. They are Republican candidate Matthew DiGeronimo of Honolulu and Democrat Miles Shiratori of Kaneohe.

Others who have pulled papers so far include Patric Brock (L) of Kihei, David Crowley (R) of Hilo, Rafael Del Castillo (D) of Honolulu,Robert Marx (D) of Hilo, and Mark Terry (R) of Wahiawa.

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  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/AEIdOj56mOrEa2KfrfTzIRJijkg-#aee9a Tom

    Bob Marx will win this race as all the Honolulu politicians carve up the vote on Oahu. This district is 63% neighbor islands, and it’s time we had someone FROM the neighbor island to represent the neighbor islands! I am sick and tired of all the federal funds ending up on oahu. We need roads and infrastructure too in Maui!

    • Kea

       Unfortunately the only person voting for BOB the “lawyer” is BOB, If we want to truly get Mufi out of the game the only safe vote is “Tulsi Gabbard”…so Vote Tulsi and do everyone a favor!

  • Kealii8

    Wow i filed my nomination papers  on  2/06/2012 for the OHA trustee at large position and a few others have filed too but we got no endorsement or free advertisement of my pledge to “help move Hawai’i and Native Hawaiians past politics as usual and bring fresh leadership to OHA”.  I hope Maui Now supports all candidates in there quest to serve via elected public office not just federal ones.

  • Christina

    Tulsi Gabbard is an amazing and inspiring candidate. I read that, if elected, she will be the first woman ever elected to Congress with combat experience. Go Tulsi!!!

  • Christina

    Tulsi Gabbard is an amazing and inspiring candidate. I read that, if elected, she will be the first woman ever elected to Congress with combat experience. Go Tulsi!!!

  • SusanG

    I’ve met Tulsi Gabbard and she is refreshing, intelligent and determined. The
    article makes a good point that she is young and will have many years ahead of
    her to fight for the people of Hawaii and bring the spirit of aloha to
    Congress.

  • Island Breeze

     While I may not agree with every one of her positions, I trust Tulsi
    Gabbard and I know that she is person who actually cares about people,
    about their struggles. She’s a very strong woman who will use her
    influence to help the people of Hawaii.

  • Philipmatlage

    Tulsi, please tell me why does Downtown Honolulu need a second member in the House of Representatives? We in CD-2  deserve someone who not only lives in the district but will represent the interests of the district and it’s residents, not just a Second Congressional member from Downtown, who only visits on campaign swings. I recognize and respect what Tulsi  has done for Honolulu, I just want someone who actually represents my district and who respects us enough to be a neighbor and not just another career politician who asks for my vote, but won’t ever live in the district.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karlyn-Sunata/100003659382175 Karlyn Sunata

    (Gabbard’s campaign manager Max Glass expressed differences between Gabbard and other candidates saying, “There’s a clear difference between Tulsi and Mayor Hannemann in this campaign. Tulsi brings fresh leadership to Congress. If you’re ready to start getting things done for Hawaii’s middle class families, Tulsi is the way to go. Mayor Hannemann, on the other hand, represents politics as usual,” he said.)
    Yes I totally agree. Tulsi is way way better, she’s young, determined, sincere, and compassionate. She doesn’t have any vested interests. She is simply motivated to serve and to lead the people for Hawaii’s brighter future.


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