No-go for local Green candidates

LIHU’E—The Green Party has been active on Kaua’i since 1990. But in this

year’s elections, the left-of-center, environment-friendly group won’t be

sponsoring any genuine Greens for local offices.

Ed Coll, former

co-chairman of the Kaua’i Green Party, said that although candidates pop up

occasionally calling themselves Greens, this year the local party is

concentrating on the campaign of Ralph Nader for president.

Nader, whose

appearance in Honolulu in May made him the only semi-major presidential

candidate to come to Hawai’i so far this year, is garnering 10 to 12 percent

support in some states, according to pollsters.

There are no Green

candidates for local office because “the time is just too short. There could be

somebody who files as a Green, but they won’t be members of the party,” Coll

said.

Coll said a comedian on O’ahu ran as a Green in a previous election

in a campaign that originated in a lockdown mental facility.

“He wasn’t

officially a Green,” Coll said, laughing.

Statewide,the Green Party has

been most successful on the Big Island. Green Keiko Bonk was elected to the

county council there and became its chairman.

Another Green, Julie

Jacobson, is on the Hawai’i County Council, according to Coll.

Coll said

Bonk lost a close race for mayor on Hawai’i in the last election, being

defeated by only 3,000 votes.

“We’ve been most successful there because

that’s where we put most of our organizational energies. We’re going really

strong there. We’re non-partisan and we don’t have any districts,” Coll

said.

He noted that more information about the Greens is available on the

Hawaiian party’s website at greenhawaii.org.

Staff writer Dennis

Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252).

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