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Posted: Monday, August 6th, 2012 8:57 AM HST

Close race predicted in Senate District 2

By Ken Hupp - 67AM KPUA News

Political experts are calling this fall’s race in the Big Island’s 2nd senate district representing Puna and about half of Ka`u one of the tightest in the state. The Democratic
primary features four well known political figures led by State Representative Bob Herkes, who is emphasizing his willingness to roll up his sleeves to get results.

“When I got elected, there were 1,200 homes on party lines. I took on GTE Hawaiian Tel, we beat them and there are no more party lines in the state of Hawai`i,” Herkes said. “The Kea`au bypass highway was stuck in the Department of Transportation. I un-stuck it and got it built.”

Herkes also cited establishment of a Hawaiian Ocean View Estates water well, obtaining funding for a new high school gym and disaster shelter and mortgage relief as other examples.
Russell Ruderman, the politically active owner of the Island Naturals Market and Deli, wants to develop Puna and Ka`u into the state’s food producing centers.

“We should realize our agricultural potential, which would solve several pressing problems at once, including job creation, support for farmers, reduction of imports, less driving to Hilo for work and greater local food production,” Ruderman said.
Former Puna council member Gary Safarik says the election is about the nuts and bolts of government.

“Providing services and facilities that make the community a safe and enriching place for residents and future generations,” Safarik said. “I believe its about traffic, probably one of the most pressing needs. Creating a comprehensive transportation system that is a robust, multi-purpose coordinated system.”
Safarik also called for a coordinated policy to stimulate agriculture, including more training and education and thoughtful planning to enhance public access. Local video producer Wendell Kaehuaea cited improved healthcare as the top issue.

“Down here in this area, my biggest concern right now is to get you guys a hospital, with whatever groups are involved with this. We need a hospital,” Kaehuaea said.

The candidates spoke at a recent political forum in Pahoa. The winner of the primary will face Republican Daryl Lee Smith in the November 6th general election. Content for this report was provided by Big Island Video News.

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