A story in today’s Star-Advertiser looks at House Speaker Calvin Say’s district, where he faces two challengers in the General Election. They are Republican Julia Allen, who has repeatedly run unsuccessfully against Say, and Green Party candidate Keiko Bonk, a former Hawaii County Council member and well known progressive.
Say has won handily in recent elections, as the results below show.
2010 General Election
(D) SAY, Calvin K.Y. 5,907 70.3%
(R) ALLEN, Julia E. 2,086 24.8%
2008 General Election
(D) SAY, Calvin K. Y. 7,129 73.5%
(R) ALLEN, Julia E. 1,916 19.7%
2006 General Election
(D) SAY, Calvin K.Y. 5,657 72.8%
(R) ALLEN, Julia E. 1,844 23.7%
However, there’s a wild card in the race–the active campaign support Bonk is getting from the hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 5, via their independent political expenditure committee, or Super PAC, Aikea.
Since the beginning of the year, the UNITE HERE TIP State and Local – Hawaii PAC has contributed $130,000 to Aikea. Beginning in July, Aikea has had paid canvassers as well as volunteers going door to door, according to its report for the period Januaary 1 through July 27, 2012.
Unite Here’s website has a brief description of Aikea and its history.
Here’s part of a recent email to Aikea supporters:
Thanks for joining us at the Aikea meeting and on Saturday. We had our best numbers to date (2 dozen more yes than no votes, and knocked on 600 doors). We’ve knocked on nearly 4,000 doors and every day there is a growing number of people who care about the future of Hawaii and are calling for a repeal of Act 55, the Public Land Development Corporation. This is encouraging in a race where we are up against 36 years of Calvin Say, who has the power to block a repeal of PLDC being heard if he stays Speaker of the House, during the January Legislative Session.
We are asking if each of you can help in this important race, by contacting people you know who live in House District 20 (friend to friend), joining us in our sign waving days, and posting messages on
Facebook to reach people in the District.
And in the latest update delivered on Friday:
- Our latest numbers reflect that we’ve knocked on over 6,000 doors! We’ve actually talked to an additional 2,700 people in HD 20 about our new political movement – AiKea. Of the total number of ID’s we’ve made. The number of “YES” for AiKea and Keiko is now just about 9 percentage points behind those favoring Calvin. But of that same total number of ID’s, close to 50% are undecided. A huge majority of these undecided votes have been identified and moved away from their initial support for Calvin because of our message on AiKea and the PLDC. This is why all of you are so key!
- Keiko cover story in Honolulu Weekly.
- In addition to our full-time crew; a total of 91 (4-hour) volunteer shifts have been completed by Community and Local 5 Members. Student leaders from UHM, LCC, and HPU have also joined us.
- Two additional AiKea mailers will be reaching voters in the next two weeks.
- Banners and yard signs are available for those that live or know someone that would be willing to put one up on their property.
- We have three sign waving sessions still scheduled all from 7:30 – 8:30 am.: Friday, Nov. 2nd (Near McDonalds across Sacred Hearts); Monday, Nov. 5th (2nd/Waialae near City Mill); Tuesday, Nov. 6th (Near McDonalds across Sacred Hearts).
That’s a lot of people on the ground working for Bonk.
Aikea also has a Facebook presence, with photos of their campaigners.
This is a race to watch.