Expect an upset in the upcoming primary election

Please vote in the primary election on Aug. 9 expecting an upset. Political history has been rocked by winning underdogs.

I’m a 52-year-old independent candidate for mayor who has lived on Maui for 20 years and wants to run the county more like a business. As a Silicon Valley executive, I helped a company grow from 50 to 500 people.

Read about my ideas at

Understandably many may not have voted for me four years ago as you were concerned about my electability. This year, the current mayor wants a third term. But do people really want more of the same ol’ same ol’ that we’ve had for decades?

I hope the following two examples of upsets inspire people to have hope and vote for a change. First, the 1948 presidential election is probably the most famous political upset ever. Harry Truman surprised everyone – including the Chicago Tribune, which had already printed an edition saying he lost – by beating Thomas Dewey. Second, in January 2010 in a special election in Massachusetts, maverick Scott Brown won the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for decades.

In Maui County in 2010 I came in eighth of 11 candidates who ran for mayor. In the upcoming primary election only the top two vote getters move on to November’s general election.

Won’t you please help me as you expect an upset in aloha land which alters the political landscape and makes Maui truly no ka oi?

Ori Kopelman