Vote Saturday in primary

Saturday is primary day in Hawaii. While many of our fellow citizens have already voted in early or absentee balloting, we’d like to remind those readers who haven’t that it is important to participate Saturday.

A lot of important decisions will be made in Saturday’s election – it is imperative that you do your civic duty by helping select our future leaders.

We have endorsed candidates in several races. To remind readers of our picks:

* United States Senate: We endorsed Colleen Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz. Hanabusa has been training her whole life for this important leadership role – she was Sen. Daniel Inouye’s choice to succeed him.

* Governor of Hawaii: Neil Abercrombie led the state back from the depths of the recession. His opponent, David Ige, has not presented a compelling argument for choosing him to replace Abercrombie.

* Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii: Maui’s own Shan Tsutsui is a rising political star who deserves election. He is a bright young asset for the state and county.

* Mayor of Maui: Alan Arakawa has reinvigorated county government with a strong team dedicated to infrastructure enhancement and repair and a policy of working with small businesses to create jobs.

* State Senate 6th District: Sen. Rosalyn Baker is a strong voice for West and South Maui and was the single most important legislator in securing funding for the new high school in Kihei.

* State House 8th District: Joe Souki should be returned so he can continue to serve Maui and the rest of Hawaii as speaker of the House.

* State House 9th District: Justin Woodson is an energetic representative with a keen interest in education, affordable housing, sustainable energy and finding ways to stimulate job growth.

Even if you disagree with some – or all – of our picks, we’d still urge you to go to the polls Saturday. It’s your county, state and nation – have a voice in picking our leaders.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.