With the recent passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, Hawaii’s own, Daniel Inouye became the President Pro-Tempore of the US Senate. It is a position with considerable power and puts him fourth in the line of succession for the Presidency of the United States. Inouye has held the position of US Senator since 1962. He has served eight consecutive terms in Senate and is currently the most senior member. Having established himself as the king of the earmark, it will be very difficult for any of the candidates this election to unseat Sen. Inouye.
The only Democratic challenger to Inouye, Andy Woerner is looking to pull off a Cinderella type effort to gain the nomination. A political novice, Woerner resides on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife and child. He is an Operational Manager for a scuba diving company. Woerner is not expected to do much against the popular Inouye. However, Woerner is making waves with his push for term limits and an overhaul of the campaign finance laws.
Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan is the lone Libertarian candidate for US Senate. Mallan currently serves as Project Manager for Artful Expressions of Hawaii, an internet marketing firm. Having earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, Mallan has a history in theater and music. Mallan runs on the traditional Libertarian principles of eliminating all taxes, privatizing all government services, and reducing the size of the military.
Heading the charge for the Republican Party is Cam Cavasso. Cavasso served as State Representative for district 51 on Oahu from 1985-1991. The former State Rep. has been the financial advisor at Mass Mutual Financial Group for the last 22 years. Cavasso also owns a small farm in the Waimanalo area. He runs on a platform of immediate cuts in payroll taxes, a federal balanced budget amendment to the constitution, and traditional values.
Republican John Roco is also a political newcomer. A conservative, Roco works as a social worker for young children. He has previously worked as an instructor at San Bernadino Valley College. Roco is a strong Catholic and points to his faith as the reason he has decided to run for office. Roco has a platform aimed at extending all of the Bush tax cuts, defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and repealing the recent healthcare reforms.
Also running for the US Senate are Jim Brewer(G), Jeff Jarrett(N), and Eddie Pirkowski(R).
The chance to unseat Sen. Daniel Inouye is the grand prize in this race. After the September primary, join us as we go in-depth with the remaining candidates. Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at the Honolulu Mayoral race.
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