Last evening’s (7/3/12) well organized and produced So Maui House primary candidate forum on Akaku, to help determine which of four Democratic candidates will challenge incumbent George Fontaine in November, began with an unusual development concerning prior two term representative Joe Bertram III. It was more what Joe didn’t say than anything else, as although he had confirmed participation, according to forum organizers, he didn’t show up. So his seat was empty as Netra Halperin, Colin Hanlon and Kaniela Ing responded to the queries posed by Kathy Collins and Lucienne de Naie for almost two hours. Since Joe has been extremely low key so far, and now this, questions arise where his indicated union support will go if he  does not participate in the campaign for the August 11 primary election. Impartial knowledgeable sources we quizzed indicated all three candidates performed well. If you missed it, Akaku will be running the program frequently, so check listings.

Next up is the July 24 6:00 PM program on Akaku’s Ch 53 for all Maui races on the primary ballot, so these three (or four) will be before the camera again with candidates from five other races. KCA suggests house parties to watch and discuss whom you favor next month. Be sure to register soon and then vote.