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Rep. Fukumoto Officially Accepted Into Dem Party

Posted June 19, 2017, 01:28 PM HST
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Rep. Beth Fukumoto
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Members of the O‘ahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i voted unanimously on Saturday, June 17, to accept the application of Rep. Beth Fukumoto to become a member of the DPH.

The vote comes as the final step in a process required by party bylaws for elected officials switching parties and after several meetings with Rep. Fukumoto, including one-on-one discussions with elected members of the party as well as State Chair Tim Vandeveer, the OCC Executive Committee and DPH caucus members.

“Though talk of Rep. Fukumoto’s request to become a Democrat has been ongoing for months, we received her formal application less than one month ago,” Dr. Rich Halverson, chair of the O‘ahu County Committee stated. “We were pleased to meet with Rep. Fukumoto and take this vote in a way that we felt was timely and inclusive for everyone involved.”

“We have maintained from the beginning that we would ensure Rep. Fukumoto a fair process and that should things align and unfold accordingly, we in Democratic leadership would welcome her in,” said DPH State Party Chair Tim Vandeveer about the vote. “I applaud the O‘ahu County Committee for their work.”

“I firmly believed that our party should hold Rep. Fukumoto to no stricter an ideological standard than anyone else with a ‘D’ behind their name that currently sits in the big square building” explained Vandeveer. “While I agree with the notion that we should seek to elect better Democrats and not just more Democrats, I also understand that we are a ‘big tent’ party that is welcoming of many different ideas and viewpoints. This is the balance that confronts us.”

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“[Saturday]’s vote was the result of weeks of meetings and conversations with Democratic Party members about our mutual goals, passions and how we can work together to make a better life for the people of Hawai‘i,” Rep. Fukumotosaid of the process. “I got involved in politics with the goal of making Hawai‘i more affordable for local families and I’m looking forward to doing that work with the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.”

For more information, email tim@hawaiidemocrats.org.

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Malcolm Rawlinson You are no better than any other power hungry lib. You should have resigned and the re run as a Dem.June 19, 2017 01:48pm
Henry Commons Two faced and forked tongue.June 19, 2017 03:12pm
Curtis Eilenberg Smoother sailing for you?June 19, 2017 03:38pm
Russ Gaefe Smart lady!June 19, 2017 03:49pm
Joel Savona So you are a communist now?June 19, 2017 04:35pm
Curtis Kahanu Oh, Oh changing to the Democratic party won't make any differenceJune 19, 2017 05:18pm
Rance Pinao So you turn over to the dumb side. Your ideas to go democrat is just one of a poor decision ...June 19, 2017 06:20pm
Ed Moran Jason Eno ???June 19, 2017 06:45pm
Francis Chong We shall see. All your predecessors made the same promises which they never delivered and our people are still struggling and suffering while they are living in big mansions with their ill-begotten wealth. It will indeed be a miracle if you turn out to be the exception to the rule. We are holding our breaths.June 19, 2017 07:04pm
James Kong The Democrats have never seen a tax or fee that they didn't like. She must have been hooked by a unicorn.June 19, 2017 07:13pm
Lauri K. Strain The people who voted for you as a Republican are now thrown under the bus. Not fair!June 19, 2017 08:46pm
Vince Hermosa Go back, we don't need you.June 19, 2017 09:35pm
Jason Eno She was allowed to become a Dem based on a polling of her District. The Oahu County Dems said let her in and that's that.Fine by me... many of the Dems in office should vie Republicans but that party is virtually non-existent here so we get stuff like this.Basically it doesn't matter at all.June 20, 2017 03:20am
Ed Moran Jason Eno - yeah in BC we have almost zero Conservative party members so we end up with Lib's that are actually hard corp conservatives.June 20, 2017 03:46am
Daniel A. Erskine The distance between RINO and Democrat is not that far.June 20, 2017 04:10am
John Falgoust So she changed from GOP to Dem in Hawaii to make a difference. Hasn't Hawaii been Dem for many years? What difference did that make?June 20, 2017 06:15am
Ken Tripp Smh..lolJune 20, 2017 10:15am
Ann Smith You are just taking an easy way up for your career, because the party you changed is the one that led us to this mess.June 20, 2017 02:36pm
Don Schwartzer Bad move honey...June 20, 2017 03:18pm
Gerry Ranario BeautifulJune 20, 2017 07:58pm
Fellowes Dell If you can't beat them. ....then join them huh Bethy? CowardJune 20, 2017 08:49pm
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