Happy Belated New Year. I hope 2018 has started off well.
You know it is an election year. I got my first election year email by getting this announcement from East Honolulu resident Natalie Iwasa, who is a community activist, mom and accountant with strong opinions on a number of local issues. Once again like in 2014, Ms. Iwasa is running for Honolulu City Council. She made that announcement with an email I received today. It reads as follows:
If you are receiving this email, you supported me in my 2014 campaign and I wanted you to have this news before it goes public. Today, I am officially announcing that I am going to run again for City Council in 2018!
Our campaign will humbly begin with a plant sale/fundraiser and then build from there. I really hope that you, your family, and friends will drop by and say hello. Maybe pick up a new plant or two?
We are going to run different type of campaign in 2018, one that revolves around a community service instead of sign waving. That is why we are calling it “Community Changing.” Please watch for the announcements on email or Facebook and help us make Hawaii an even better place to live. While we doing that, I look forward to hearing what your issues and concerns are.
Mahalo nui loa for your continued support.
Friends of Natalie Iwasa for City Council
I’ve been acquainted with Natalie Iwasa from my days being connected to Small (Smart) Business Hawaii in the 1990s and 2000s. She is good with numbers and is passionate about the things she believes in. She was at one time opposed to the City’s $10 billion rail project but has since softened her approach by calling rail “a done deal”. I have trouble with that as well as her advocacy in legislating people out of their personal, motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, etc).
In her latest run for City Council, she is not a candidate in a district in which I reside. If she is still in East Honolulu, then her opponent will be incumbent councilman Trevor Ozawa.
Good luck Natalie. If elected we’ll see how things go. I think you will be fairly responsive to the people in keeping on the straight and narrow while in government service.
Candidates can apply to run for elective office starting this coming Thursday, February 1. It will be an interesting election year (as it usually is) with major seats such as Governor, several State Senate positions and all House seats up for grabs in addition to City Council and other local races. The local race for U.S. Senate and Congress will be of some interest too, especially if the candidates are not the usual, predictable ones that come from the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
We’ll probably blog more about this over the coming weeks and months.