We made it!

We made it!

Am very pleased to announce that our campaign for re-election to the Kauai County Council has met and in fact exceeded our “matching funds” goal of $8,000!

Mahalo to the over 444 individual Kauai donors who have contributed $100 or less during this campaign and to the many others who have supported our efforts at various levels.

I believe we are the first and only Council campaign who has reached and exceeded this important milestone. The State of Hawaii will now match dollar for dollar those qualifying contributions up to almost $8,000!

Meeting this goal allows us to order and pay for the balance of the signs, banners, shirts, brochures and other materials necessary to continue moving forward with confidence.

In addition to exceeding our fundraising goal our campaign also is exceeding expectations in terms of volunteers signing up and showing up!

We recently held a “SignWaving” event in Lihue and the community came out strong. More people came out on this day than at any other similar event ever.

Please mark your calendars and join us for more Sign-Waving this coming Friday September 23rd from 3:30pm until 4:45pm in Puhi along the Hwy in front of Kauai Community College.

We are also looking for help phone banking and canvassing door-to-door: If you can help, please sign up to volunteer at http://tinyurl.com/helphooser

Mahalo so very much to everyone for “showing up” and taking an active role in our campaign for re-election to the Kauai County Council. Whether you are contributing funds to buy signs, banners and advertising, or you are a volunteer spending your valuable time helping the campaign – your help and support is much needed and greatly appreciated.

Our campaign is on track and with your continued help, we will win strong on November 8th. Imua!

Sincerely,
Gary Hooser
http://www.garyhooser.com

P.S. Yes, we continue to fundraise and now are targeting our “pre-voting media push” goal targeting October 1st when our mass media effort must begin. If you can help, please visit
http://garyhooser.com/donate-now/ or mail to Friends of Gary Hooser, 5685 Ohelo Road, Kapaa HI 96746

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Today Friday Sept. 16th is a key moment/deadline for campaign – please join us

1) PLEASE JOIN US TODAY from 4pm until 6pm to hold signs across from the airport in Lihue. YOUR PRESENCE TODAY IS IMPORTANT to help send a message of strength and solidarity. There will be free signs, bumper stickers, shirts and more!

2) TODAY is our DEADLINE TO CLOSE OUT THE MATCHING FUNDS PORTION OF OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN and donations of $100 or less are especially important today.

Contributions may be made online here: http://garyhooser.com/donate-now/ or to “Friends of Gary Hooser”, 5685 Ohelo Road, Kapaa Hawaii 96746. The maximum contribution allowed by law is $2,000.

BOTTOM LINE: THE Campaign is on track to win but we need people/volunteers and we need campaign contributions.

Mahalo to the many who have already stepped up to help with contributions or personal time. Less than two months remain – please hang in there with me all the way to a strong win on November 8th!

If you have not yet done so, please help by volunteering TODAY here: Online Volunteer for Gary Sign-Up Form for Gary – http://tinyurl.com/helphooser

Please sign up to help walk door to door.

Or perhaps host a small “talk story with the Candidate coffee-hour” please let us know.

Or put a yard sign in your yard or a bumper sticker on your car!

In case the message is not absolutely clear – We can win and will win and win strong but for the next 55 days we need everyone to chip in, in whatever way they can.

Your help is especially important TODAY🙂

Sincerely Yours,
Gary Hooser
http://www.garyhooser.com
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Hooser Campaign Reboot – Next Steps

Aloha Friends,

Only 57 days remain before the general election on November 8th. Our campaign has “rebooted”, we have a plan to win, we have a core team in place and now it is up to you.

We can win –and win big– if you and others in our community who share our values, dreams and goals for the future step forward to help.

My commitment is total. I will be working every single day from 5am until I drop at around 8:30 or 9pm. Others have stepped up and formed a solid core team of campaign volunteers, but if we want to make sure we win and win strong, we need more.

Bottom line: We need people/volunteers and we need campaign contributions.
Please help by volunteering today here: Online Volunteer for Gary Sign-Up Form for Gary – http://tinyurl.com/helphooser

Contributions may be made online here: http://garyhooser.com/donate-now/ or to “Friends of Gary Hooser”, 5685 Ohelo Road, Kapaa Hawaii 96746.

Donations are urgently needed now especially prior to September 16th so that we can reorder signs, banners, walking cards, shirts and support our media outreach. Contributions from Hawaii residents of $100 or less (aggregate per individual donor) may be matched with public funds and no contribution is too small. The maximum contribution allowed under Hawaii law is $2,000 per person.

We held our first campaign meeting for the General Election last night and the turn-out was strong with over 35 dedicated friends and new volunteers attending. Campaign funds also have started to come in and for both the people and the funds, I am grateful.

But to finish strong and ensure a win that sends a strong message of support for the values we hold dear, we need to significantly increase both the number of people who can physically help, and the amount of donations received.

Now is the time when your help is most needed.

Sincerely,
Gary Hooser

NOTE: On September 16th we are hosting a large “sign holding” event in Lihue across from the airport from 4pm until 6pm. Please join us and help send a strong message that we are in this to win and that the values we stand for represent all Kauai.

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Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated…*

Aloha Friends,

Am hoping the Mark Twain quote brought a smile to your face😉

Please know that I am alive and well, and fully engaged in our ongoing campaign for re-election to the Kaua’i County Council.  Our campaign is committed to winning on November 8th and I am committed to being an even stronger voice for you on the council.  I will continue to challenge the status quo (and win) in support of protecting our environment, preserving our quality of life and restoring faith and confidence in our government.

I was surprised and disappointed more Kaua’i residents who share our values, goals and vision for Kauai’s future did not show up to vote on August 13th.  The 34% voter turnout was abysmal and we have to work together to change that.

To restate the results, I finished #9 out of 13 candidates in the August 13th Primary.  To win re-election in the General Election on November 8th, I must finish in the top 7.  This is absolutely doable, but requires a redoubling of effort.  We must make sure those who share our values and vision for the future show up and vote on November 8th. 

There are several key areas upon which our winning strategy is based:

#1:  Most importantly, our supporters need to be informed as to the urgency of this Council election, so that they show up and vote in November.

Voters need to know that amendments to the Kaua’i General Plan which will guide development on Kaua’i for decades to come will be reviewed and voted on by the council that is elected November 8th.

Voters need to informed and reminded that if they want strong voices on the council who are willing to ask the questions and make the tough choices needed to protect our environment, preserve our quality of life and restore faith and confidence in our government – they need to show up and vote on November 8th.

#2: We need to organize our community. Those actively opposed to my reelection (the agrochemical industry and large landowner/developers) have shown in the Primary that they are organized. They are running a slate of candidates called the “super six” and they all finished in the top 6 slots during the Primary.

If all six were to win in November, the strong voices now on the council in support of the environment, controlled development and open government would be greatly diminished.  That is why we have to work extra hard to promote not only my candidacy, but those of other Council candidates who support a vision that puts the protection of people and the environment first.  Ask the tough questions, examine the past actions and accomplishments of each and every candidate and then limit your valuable votes to only those candidates who you truly believe will represent you and your values.

To win in November we need to expand and motivate our amazing, diverse and island-wide base of support.

#3: We must share our vision of the future. We need to contrast our values clearly against those candidates who; while they say they are “for the people” have shown that they inevitably make decisions that put development and profit ahead of people and the environment.

We can win this and win strong, but only if people understand clearly what is at stake and are motivated to act. There is so much on the line for Kaua’i in this election.

That is why I am asking you to please help today if you can!

1) We need volunteers to help with sign holding and many other activities.  Please email gary@garyhooser.com so I can add you to our volunteer list!

2) Campaign contributions are needed prior to September 1 to restock campaign supplies and increase a range of efforts to get our message out. http://garyhooser.com/donate-now/

3) Can you organize a “meet and greet house party or coffee hour” with 10 friends and neighbors?  This can be a simple hour-long gathering that provides your neighbors/friends an opportunity to share directly with me their individual concerns and priorities. Email gary@garyhooser.com

4) Would you be willing to offer a short (two or three sentences max) personal statement of support that I can publish in our public materials? Email gary@garyhooser.com

It goes without saying that it is an honor and a privilege to serve you on the Kauai County Council.  If you like the work I am doing on your behalf and would like me to continue in this service, I must have your active help and support in order to win on November 8th.  Please choose one of the ways above to join with “Team Hooser” and help create this win together!

Sincerely,

Gary Hooser

Note: We all know that there are many issues facing our community that need to be addressed. I have put forth my thoughts and positions on some of these key issues here:

https://garyhooser.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/where-i-stand-on-some-of-the-key-issues-facing-kauai-county/

*The Mark Twain quote is from the text of a cable sent by Twain from London to the press in the United States after his obituary had been mistakenly published (The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition)

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Asking for help is hard. Todays vote is more important than you realize. Please, please, please – take the time to show up and vote.

Aloha Friends,
I know you are busy.  I understand there is stuff going on all over the island, that you have a full schedule, that the house needs cleaning, the yard needs cutting, and that family time is so, so important.
 But please, can you take 30 minutes today to vote?   Today’s primary election is important.
 Please help me today to send a strong message.  With your vote, please join with me in stating loud and clear that people and the environment must come first, that development should be linked to the capacity of our infrastructure and that Kaua’i residents deserve quality housing they can afford.
 There are good candidates, good people running for office on every island.  We need your help.
 Please take the time to show up and vote.  It’s important.
 Sincerely,
Gary Hooser
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Now Would Be A Good Time, If You Are Able

Urgent – Your campaign donation to Friends of Gary Hooser is especially important now. http://garyhooser.com/donate-now/

It is crunch time.  Primary Election Day is August 13 and mail-in absentee voting has already started.  We must push as hard now and your help is again needed as funds donated prior to August 1 are especially important. 

This is the time when we must maximize our advertising and voter outreach and this is the time when your contributions are most needed.

2014’s results (winning by 92 votes) was far too close for comfort.  The same/similar dynamics are in play this year and we can expect the same forces to be pushing hard against my reelection again in the coming weeks.

Many during the past few months have already stepped up with generous contributions to the campaign and I hesitate to ask again but must.

I am very pleased to report that our base of grassroots donors contributing $100 or less is larger than any council candidate in the race.  The average contribution so far this year is $92.12  We have had 480 total individual contributors with only 28 being from out of state.  83.88% of our campaign contributions qualified for matching public funds!

Please help us push extra hard these next few weeks and if you are able to make a contribution no matter how small by August 1, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mahalo!

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Do Not Vote In The Kauai Council Race Until You Read This – Please

It is critical that when voting in the upcoming county council election you understand the “7 vote thing”.

So, I am compelled to explain the importance of “plunking” and in general resisting the urge to go “eeny, meeny, miney, moe” and expending all seven of your Kauai County Council votes on candidates you have little or no knowledge of.

PLEASE CONSIDER NOT USING ALL 7 COUNCIL VOTES.  Your ballot will say “Vote for not more than seven (7)” and does not require you to cast all 7 votes.   Remember that your #5, #6, or #7 votes could be the same vote that beats your top choices!

While I am obviously hoping you will cast one of your seven votes for me, I will not venture to suggest who else you might want to vote for.

Many voters will naturally vote first for those candidates they really want to see in office and who they are familiar with and confident in.

Then, often at the expense of those they truly support, the uninitiated voter feels compelled to cast their 3 or 4 remaining votes on candidates that are “ok” and are perhaps familiar with their names.

Those final “eeny, meeny, miney, moe” votes could be the votes that inadvertently beat your #1, #2 or #3 top choices.

The fundamental rule of experienced akamai Kauai voting is: Do not use all 7 votes when choosing your Kauai County Council candidates.

Experienced Kauai voters will use their Council votes sparingly, selecting only those candidates whom they really and truly and positively want to get elected. These voters might cast one vote or perhaps up to 4 or 5 votes but rarely do they go beyond this number.

An example of how casting all 7 votes can work to the detriment of the candidate or candidates you are most interested in getting elected:

Assume there are 14 candidates running for the 7 Council seats.

The council candidates’ mother goes to vote.

She votes for her child (naturally) and then pauses and decides to vote for one other candidate who has been especially nice to good ol’ mom during the campaign.  Mom’s favorite candidate (her child) then loses the election by one vote to that other candidate and very nice person mom decided to vote for also.

Bottom line is that in most Kauai Council elections – mom’s, grandma’s, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers and children of the candidate will often only cast one vote in the Kauai County Council race.

This is called “plunking”. Others have their definition for plunking but this is how I have come to know the term.

I appreciate those who choose to plunk for Hooser and especially appreciate good ole mom for not casting the one vote that could beat me.  However in general I am most interested in voters understanding the system and voting for the candidates they believe in and support, however many that might be.

There is a fundamental hard and fast rule of service in elective office: No matter how smart you are, no matter how hard you work, no matter how good you are in your heart – you cannot serve unless you get elected.

This year because of many new political dynamics in play I need your help and your vote more than ever before.

Please vote. Please research all of the candidates and vote only for those you truly believe will represent your core values and yes, please cast one of your 7 county council votes for me, Gary Hooser.

Thank you, gh

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