Democratic candidates face off in debate on PBS Hawaii

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It’s a packed race for Hawaii’s congressional seat.

Seven candidates vying for Hawaii’s first congressional district seat squared off Thursday during a debate on PBS Hawaii.

“As a member of the city council, I’ve worked with four mayors. I’ve worked with many different council members. I’ve always been able to bring people together,” Ikaika Anderson said.

“I think it is really important to be able to work with people of all different backgrounds. On the city council we had great training to do so,” Stanley Chang said.

“What is most important is to be able to have a respectful conversation. There are many issues that we will not be able to change the mind of our counter parts,” Will Espero said.

“Relationships are really important. I think I am the only person here that has that leadership positions that can bring people together, have brought people together,” Donna Mercado Kim said.

“You have to bring people together in order to get the work done. I think that is the common ground that we can find that other members in congress – just finding those issues that common ground,” Joey Manahan said.

“We have extreme partisanship. People dug in on the left and the right. It gives the new class and opportunity to bring people together,” Mark Takai said.

“It really calls to congress persons to transform their positions into something that is reflective of real change which is back onto the ground level,” Kathryn Xian said.

These candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for the US Senate.


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