By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. David Ige's campaign on Thursday asked the Democratic Party of Hawaii to revise its schedule for the state convention in May so that candidates can address delegates from the podium.
Ige, who is challenging Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary, said Wednesday he was disappointed that he would not be able to address the convention at the Sheraton Waikiki yet Abercrombie would be allowed to speak. The party plans to allow eight elected officials -- including Abercrombie -- five minutes each to give reports on progress toward the party's platform. Candidates can speak at a separate meet-and-greet function at the Royal Hawaiian.
"Today, my campaign submitted a letter requesting that the state central executive committee of Hawaii revise its agenda to provide all candidates to major statewide offices the opportunity to address the convention from the podium. Let the people speak,” Ige said in a statement.
“A governor should welcome the opportunity to share the podium with all major office candidates, showing the party and Democrats across the state that we welcome all voices and views.”
The letter asks the party to stage a two-hour candidate forum on the main floor of the convention on Saturday or Sunday where the candidates for major statewide races could address delegates.
The party's executive committee is expected to meet early next week to discuss the proposal.