If you read or watch the news, you probably saw the report about the man who ran to assist a family whose car had overturned in downtown Honolulu last week.
Randy Gonce, 27, was one of several Good Samaritans who rushed to help a family of four out of their SUV after the terrifying experience.
“It was my worst fear. The first thing I heard out of the vehicle was a mother screaming, ‘My babies are in the car!’” the Ewa Beach resident told KHON2.
Gonce says he dropped his bag on the sidewalk and sprinted toward the car to help pull them out.
In the chaos, he realized, his bag was gone. Someone had stolen his things.
The incident, and a subsequent arrest in the case, got a lot of mainstream news coverage.
What I didn’t notice in the mainstream coverage is that Gonce, a Democrat, is an active Bernie Sanders supporter who had already formed a campaign committee to support his run for the State House of Representatives from the 40th District in Ewa/Ewa Beach. The seat is currently held by Republican Bob McDermott.
McDermott previously served three terms in the house (1997-2003), and is finishing his second term after being elected again in 2012.
Gonce registered his campaign committee, “Friends of Randy Gonce,” on April 18, 2016, and amended it six days later.
According to records of the Office of Elections, Gonce picked up nomination papers to run for the 40th District seat on April 16. Once is one of two Democrats to take out papers to challenge McDermott. No one has formally filed their nomination papers to date.