Political Radar

`I am my father's son'

April 18th, 2014

Dylan Hooser, the son of Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser, is challenging state Rep. James Tokioka in the Democratic primary.

The younger Hooser owns Sunrise Shells of Kauai and is active with the Young Democrats of Kauai. The House district covers the Wailua, Hanamaulu and Lihue region.

The senior Hooser -- a former state Senate majority leader, director of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, and an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor -- has become a leading political voice on pesticide use and genetically modified organisms.

Hooser made a pitch for his son on his blog Friday:

When asked recently how he would differentiate himself from me – Dylan responded simply, “There is no way around it, I am my fathers’ son”. He went on to expound on how he was his own person, but was clear and upfront that the core values held by his father were his core values as well.

Dylan was born and raised on Kauai, and grew up in a family that eats and dreams grassroots democratic values. It is only natural that he shares those values and is drawn toward working and fighting to protect them.

13 Responses to “`I am my father's son'”

  1. Auto de Fe:

    Like father, like son: Is Hooser Jr also a crackpot conspiracy theorist and tax cheat? Or just a crackpot.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    Maybe a family that also smoked grassroots...

  3. Johnson:

    I'm glad for Dylan and hopeful for his candidacy. Too bad I don't live in the district and therefore can't vote for him.

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    Even 'tho Tokioka isn't old, he's an old-boy who's act has long since gotten old. "Anybody", "Somebody", or "Everybody" would be an improvement. "Nobody" is not a candidate.

  5. Especially Incognito:


  6. Green People:

    Let's not forget how awesome Hooser's son is with his multiple arrest records. He is surely and upstanding citizen that should be put in office. Cover up those tattoos, shave your beard, and cut your hair and voila. You've got a puppet politician.

  7. kauaigirl808:

    I'm excited about this and look forward to voting for Dylan. Tokioka has long been voting for corporate and government interests rather than the people in his district, and I agree with ohiaforest that anyone would be an improvement. I do know Dylan personally, and know that he is interested in representing the voices of our residents, unlike Tokioka who listens to his bank account.

  8. Kanaka:

    I would rather support someone who has proven today that he has learned from his past mistakes then someone who has no past but continue to presently make mistakes. - Aloha Aina

  9. Kama`aina:

    Dylan was energized by the grass roots efforts of the Kaua`i community and feels he can make a difference. His opponent has been a non-entity in the Legislature, no, he has been a negative voice voting for PLDC and against equal rights. Dylan is showing a tremendous amount of courage and leadership in throwing in his hat.

  10. Aina Anne:

    No wonder so many younger people are turned off to politics, with such hateful comments. We should be encouraging younger people to participate. I think Dylan Hooser is going to win because his heart belongs to Hawai'i and is one of the last people who would sell out his neighbors. Go young Hooser, and mahalo for stepping up - very proud of you!

  11. Kauai nation:

    Young Hooser is gonna wage a good campaign.

  12. Good Reason:

    Thank God for young people with the courage like Dylan and Gary to bring true representation to the people of Hawaii. Way to go Hoosers!

  13. Born kauai:

    Why would people vote for these guys. Ex fellons can't get regular jobs due to history. Why are they allowed to run for office. So sad.. Kauai politics is not the unemployment office

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