Of primaries and demeanor

Next Saturday is primary election day in Hawaii for 2018.

At the county level, the top two vote-getters next Saturday in each County Council race will run against each other in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Also on the county level, we will begin the whittling process to see who will be the face of Maui government for the next four years. Mayor Alan Arakawa cannot run again because of term limits, so the two mayoral candidates with the most votes next Saturday will face off in the general election to determine his successor.

On the state level, Gov. David Ige is facing a strong primary challenge from U.S. House Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. The winner of that battle will be the Democratic nominee in November, facing the winner of the GOP primary — either state Rep. Andria Tupola or former state Sen. John Carroll.

All members of the state House of Representatives are up for election or re-election, as are half of our state senators. The top vote-getter in each party next Saturday will appear on the general election ballot.

There is a very crowded field running for lieutenant governor. Again, the winners of each party’s primary will square off on Nov. 6.

As we’ve stated before, we like the way elections are approached here in Hawaii. The tradition of sign-waving by candidates, their family and friends, seems to be an extension of the aloha spirit. Our campaigns are not typically the mean, nasty-spirited fights we witness on the national level.

Again, too, we’d mention that we admire the folks who have the guts to run for office. It takes courage to file the papers and put yourself out there for neighbors to judge if you are the correct person for a leadership position.

We hope that all our readers will perform their civic duty and vote next Saturday. The candidates are working hard and we have to uphold our end of the bargain by casting our votes and making our choices known.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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