The contest for West and South Maui's state Senate seat is between just two people, Bart Mulvihill, the challenger, and Roz Baker, the incumbent. Both candidates are Caucasian, over 50 years old and live on the west side.
I ran against Baker in the last election as a Democratic hopeful but lost in the primary. Republican Jan Shields lost to Roz in the general election, giving Baker another term in 2008 to date.
Over the past eight years, everybody has screamed for results, accountability and competence of individuals while charged with public office. The politician has to keep an eye on timetables and opponents who wish to block their agendas.
"That one is a Republican. That one is a liberal." If you look hard enough, you will find something wrong with everybody who suits up for these great government job campaigns.
How do you choose? Choose by learning your candidate's views independently, not what they say they have done or that they have the right kind of experience to fit the office. Comparatively, I am sure you would agree that there are some businesses you never frequent because the entrenched staff is just too full of themselves and you don't feel like you are getting your money's worth or are even appreciated.
My website is www.bart4senate.com and will feature videos on my views, solutions and how an effective new senator can be an ambassador of a stronger and more resilient economy.