By BJ Reyes
While the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate continues to play out over the result in two precincts in the Puna district on Hawaii Island, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Cam Cavasso waits to learn who he will face come November.
Cavasso, a former state lawmaker, handily won the GOP nomination in a field of four candidates with 72 percent of the vote.
He says it doesn't particularly matter to him who wins the Democratic primary. In an interview, Cavasso said:
Frankly, it doesn't really much matter to me which of them I'm running against. They're so similar in their stands and there's such a contrast between myself and them that I think it's a half dozen of one, six of another.
As for his game plan over the next three months, Cavasso ticked off a number of ares on which he will focus his energy. They include:
• Run hard.
• Communicate statewide.
• Make it clear the contrasts between us and share the need for balance in Hawaii and in the U.S. Senate, recognizing that there's a good chance that the U.S. Senate will have a Republican majority and that it's to Hawaii's advantage to have someone on both sides of the aisle in both houses.
• To run as a team with (Republican gubernatorial nominee) Duke Aiona and (GOP U.S. House nominee) Charles Djou and people running across the state.
• Work to bring balance both here in Hawaii and in Washington.
Cavasso added he is excited and optimistic about both the campaign.
We've got many, many challenges after going pretty much one direction the last 45 to 50 years and I'll be working to bring people together. I'll be working to reach out to Democrats, independents and Republicans. I can't do it alone. The theme of our race is "A Steersman for Hawaii" -- I'm an outrigger canoe steersman. The steersman can't do it alone. It takes a whole crew working together and I certainly plan to reach out with that goal in mind to find common ground in Hawaii for the majority of our people.