Some Democratic candidates unhappy with Democratic convention rules

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Apr 18 2014 09:38:43 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 10:05:58 PM HST

Some Democrats are upset they won't be able to speak at the upcoming Hawaii State Democratic Convention in Waikiki.

HONOLULU -

Some discord exists among Democrats because all candidates will not be allowed to speak at the upcoming Democratic Party convention.

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Among those crying foul is Gubernatorial candidate David Ige.

At past conventions the candidates were able to speak, including Gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie at the 2010 convention.

The biennium convention will be held May 24-25 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

To keep costs down party chair Dante Carpenter said planners shortened it to just one night instead of two. He says that gives little time to allow candidates to talk and to still get party business out of the way.

Carpenter says they are meeting weekly and things could change.

"Part of our problem is while we may have Mr. Ige – in this case as a candidate – there are several other individuals who have registered as Democrats who want to be holding the office of governor as well. So the question is, how do we accommodate them?" said Carpenter.

"I can understand why the governor is afraid to let us speak, but we want an opportunity like all candidates who would have the opportunity to address the convention," said Ige.

Carpenter says the Governor is not involved in the convention format. Only the top ten elected officials will be allowed to address the crowd, which includes the Governor.

Carpenter says they will be limited to five minutes and cannot use that time for campaigning.

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