From: Democratic Party of Hawaii
Subject: Chair Brian Schatz, re: Candidate Filing
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 5:11 PM
Tuesday marked a major milestone date in the 2008 election cycle – the Candidate Filing Deadline. We now have a clear picture of who is running and who isn't.
Here's our situation:
In the State House:
We have Democratic candidates in 49 out of the 51 State House Districts, and our prospects for retaining a veto-proof majority look strong. Hot races include protecting District 51 on Oahu where Democrat Tommy Waters is retiring and potential "pickup" prospects against conservative Republicans Gene Ward and Colleen Meyer.
In the State Senate:
We have a chance to gain seats in both the Kona Senate seat where Republican Paul Whalen is retiring and with former Party Chair Brickwood Galuteria running against incumbent Republican Gordon Trimble. We are also determined to protect two Democrats. The first is Roz Baker from Maui, who is the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and great advocate for healthcare and women's rights. On the Big Island, Republican Ted Hong and his supporters are already unfairly attacking Dwight Takamine, who represents many of the Democratic Party's best values.
We're energized by Barack Obama's candidacy, and planning grassroots events throughout the summer and fall. We'll reach out to literally every voter in the state, but we need your help.
Please contribute whatever you can to our efforts, so that we can build on the incredible momentum that you've created.
(By the way, when you hit this link, it will take you to something called ACTBLUE, which is the way we process credit card contributions. Don't worry – the money goes to the Hawaii Democratic Party.)
I'm honored to serve as your Party Chair, and I will be in touch.