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.