The people I respect most are out there, taking chances, win or lose. They can be charismatic and have followers, but they are totally upfront. A good example of a person like that is Big Island Chronicle's Tiffany Edwards Hunt. There are many many things I disagree with her about, but I know where she stands. She is aware of us, too, the League of Women Voters group who work so hard to foster open government. She's running in her District for County Council, and she would be a wonderful, dynamic addition to this body.
League was among the organizations that worked to get public financing for Hawaii Council Elections. She will be able to use this financing . Probably without this help it would be impossible for her to run.
Frankly, I don't know how she does it. She has enormous energy, but still, helping run the family business, bringing up her two children and putting out a blog and newspaper is a pretty full plate already. But she just keeps adding on and getting stronger. This is seeing a powerful person in action moving from strength to strength and is quite exciting to watch.