Two films on Youtube introduce candidate to public
By Kanohowailuku Helm, Candidate for State Senate District 7
Aloha. My Senate campaign is releasing two new films this week. They are available on Facebook and YouTube under Helm for Senate. The first one is images of my life. These will be familiar to Molokai people, but should be helpful to voters in other parts of the district.
I realize film is no substitute for talking story face to face, but the unique challenge of District 7 is to reach voters scattered across three islands and also protect Kaho’olawe. Over the next two months I will be introducing myself to voters in Lanai, in Hana, and upper and lower country Maui. All voters have an equal right to know who is offering to represent them, where each candidate is from, and what he or she believes. One thing I believe is that anyone representing this district must make themselves known and available on all three islands.
My second film explains why I’m running as an Independent. As most people know, Hawaii is almost a one-party state. The easy choice for a candidate is to file as a Democrat and ask that party for money and endorsements. I’ve chosen a different path, because I watched Democratic Party leaders sacrifice Molokai and Lanai to party interests and corporate convenience. The Democrats know perfectly well that Molokai and Lanai don’t want to become industrial junkyards for Oahu, but most of them don’t seem to care.
If it is a challenge to run as an independent, it is also a challenge to vote as an independent. The way our primaries are set up, you have to select a nonpartisan ballot to vote for a candidate like me. But if you do that, you won’t be able to vote for Democrat or Republican candidates for other state and federal offices. (You can vote for county offices, because those are nonpartisan.) In the primary on Aug. 11, I am forced to ask you to give up other choices in order to support me. The reason is simple: I can only challenge the major party candidate if I make it to the general election in November.
There is one other way you can help me. You can vote a Democrat or Republican ballot, but leave the line for State Senator District 7 blank. Don’t vote for anyone for that office. The lower the total votes for Senate, the easier for me to reach the general election. I am required by law to get the minimum 10 percent of the cumulative votes cast.
I’m not against parties. But I believe a party should be an organization of voters, not an organization of politicians against the voters. I’m asking you to make a sacrifice and vote nonpartisan (independent), because I think the Democrats need some competition. As long as they can control who runs and who wins, they are not going to change their ways. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, you can bet that I will start working immediately to open up our primaries, so voters can choose whomever they want. In a democracy, we are supposed to be the boss.
I am not alone in this struggle. Across our state citizens are asking questions and standing up, as I am, to challenge “business as usual.” If we all work together, I believe we can change our politics to better serve the needs of our people.
In future films I will address other important issues. My hope is that viewers will respond. To offer support, suggestions or criticism, you can post comments on Youtube, or on Facebook at Helm for Senate. You can also reach me at 336-1061.
Best of all, come visit us on Molokai to talk story. I will soon be scheduling events and appearances on Maui and Lanai. These will be announced in advance. Mahalo.