By Derrick DePledge
Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson's campaign on Saturday offered full support for state Sen. David Ige's request that all candidates for major office be allowed to speak at the state Democratic convention in May.
Anderson is one of several Democrats running in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District.
Anderson's campaign wrote convention planners backing Ige, whose campaign has complained to the party about the exclusion.
Eight elected officials -- including Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is facing Ige in the primary; and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, who is facing Anderson -- have been allotted five minutes each to address delegates about progress toward the party's platform at the convention at the Sheraton Waikiki. Candidates can participate in a separate meet-and-greet event at the Royal Hawaiian.
Party officials are expected to meet soon to discuss Ige's request to allow candidates to address delegates from the convention podium.
From Brooke Wilson of Anderson's campaign:
With respect to the crowded CD1 race, it is crucial that delegates are allowed to hear from each of the candidates as to why they will be the best choice to challenge the GOP opponent in the General.
Candidate Ikaika Anderson will accommodate any opportunity to address the delegates at the podium during the two-day convention.
We encourage you to include all major race candidates of the Governors and Congressional race to speak on equal time from the podium - and wholeheartedly believe this addition will add a valuable dynamic to the convention that has been absent in years past.