Former aide plans run for state House

On The Campaign Trail


The Maui News

Former congressional aide Kauanoe Batangan is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the Central Maui 9th state House District seat held by Rep. Justin Woodson.

According to state Office of Elections online records updated Friday, Batangan took out nomination papers March 12, and no other candidates, including the incumbent, had done the same.

Batangan worked at the U.S. Capitol as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka and current U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

That work taught him “the importance of having public officials who understand our local values and culture,” his candidate announcement says. “That inspired him to found the Native Hawaiian Congressional Fellowship, a program to ensure Native Hawaiians are represented and engaged in federal policymaking.”

Batangan has most recently worked as a long-term substitute teacher at his alma mater, Kamehameha Schools Maui, teaching 9th-grade English. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University, a master of public administration degree from Columbia University and a master of public policy degree from the University of Tokyo.

“This campaign is committed to better understanding the different points of view that inform our political decisions, with the goal of bringing people together,” he said in his announcement. “It’s about restoring principles to our politics, renewing our sense of common purpose, and realizing the promise of our future.”

House District 9 includes Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills and Maui Lani.

The candidate filing deadline is June 5.

The primary election is Aug. 11, and the general election is Nov. 6.

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