18-34s for Ed; It’s Our Future
I'm Sarah Kaopuiki, and I'm the State Coordinator of the Case for Senate campaign.
I grew up on Lanai and am a proud graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Stanford University (BA, Public Policy) and the William S. Richardson School of Law. I've been an advocate for Native Hawaiian issues, and have worked on Capitol Hill and at the Hawaii Legislature and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
But I write to you today because I'm 27.
I'm tired of hearing that my generation doesn't matter because we don't vote. Yes, it is our responsibility to participate, but it is also our elected officials' responsibility to realize that today's decisions will directly affect our tomorrow. We have to matter.
I've devoted this year to Ed's campaign for U. S. Senator because he's proven that he understands this. As the father of four twentysomethings, he knows that today's Washington is not acting to provide for our future. Ed and I don't agree on every policy issue, but he has always respected my opinions and treated me as an equal. He's ready to make the hard decisions and be the strong effective leader we need.
I'm not the exception in our campaign. As just a few examples, Caleb Rowe (Maui Coordinator), James Cavin (Headquarters Coordinator), Micah Alameda (Social Media Manager), and Jodi Heaukulani (East Hawaii youth leader) are all in their twenties. Ed has entrusted us not only with the most crucial campaign of his career but with our own futures.
We are just some of many students and young professionals that make up the 18-34s for Ed (after a common age grouping for our generation, 18-34 years old). (Here's a video including some of our East Hawaii 18-34s signwaving for Ed in the Hilo rain and talking about some of their reasons for supporting him.)
Please join us! Start by checking out our 18-34s Guide to Supporting Ed Case, which has everything you need to jump right in. Also join us on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. We work hard to show that campaigning can and should be fun!
I ask all fellow 18-34s (and 18-34s at heart) to think about it and support Ed for United States Senate. Hawaii needs a Senator for the next generation and the next generation wants Ed Case.
PS: Know any 18-34s who aren't registered to vote? Go to hawaii.gov/elections and have them register before the July 12 deadline.
PPPS: Yes, we need your contributions and kokua too!