I have started to do my homework regarding the special election for the City Council District 5 race. The monied candidates seem to be Kobayashi, Matsunaga and Kinney. Of the three of them, my inclination would be to go with Matsunaga. As a self-described “loony liberal” however, I like to look beyond the front-runners and am not afraid to vote for someone who may not win. It is in that vein that I want to introduce you to Michael Cain. http://www.michaelcain.net/
Mike and I have several mutual friends in the paddling community, one of which was encouraging me to vote for him the other day. Before committing my support I wanted to know more about where he stands on the issues. His website, while somewhat verbose, was somewhat a breath of fresh air to me. His answers to the HonAd questions and his issue statements are candid and sincere. Most importantly, they are progressive. Copied below is one of my favorites:
What solid-waste solutions should be pursued to alleviate the need for a landfill on Oahu?
We need to start treating excessive waste as a socially unacceptable vice. Recycling is important, and increasing the capacity of H-Power is important, but both approaches will only have minimal impact as long as our per-capita production of solid waste continues to skyrocket. Letâ€™s expand recycling to go island-wide, immediately â€¦ but letâ€™s also lead the nation in instituting a strong county-wide waste reduction program.
Check out his website for yourselves and feel free to tell me who your preferred candidate is and why. My decision has not been finalized.