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Kona’s Woerner announces Senate run

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Andy Woerner has announced an underdog bid for Hawaii’s Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate election in 2010. He challenges incumbent Sen. Daniel Inouye, who has represented Hawaii in Washington since it became a state in 1959.

By contrast, Woerner is a small business manager and an everyday American whose only experience in politics was his involvement in President Obama’s 2008 election campaign.

Andy Woerner and family

He is proud to have been a part of the President’s “campaign for change” but believes that to be truly effective, “voters must begin to fill Congress with trusted everyday citizens who aren’t seeking political careers, and have never been exposed to the influences of politics.”

In announcing his candidacy, Woerner stated that, “by serving in Washington for 50 years, Sen. Inouye has become one of the most respected and powerful senators in America. With that influence, he has worked tirelessly to advance the interests of the State of Hawaii.

Even so, voters must recognize that his senior role in government also comes with a significant share of the responsibility for our current economic and budgetary challenges.”

Woerner enters the race with the full understanding he is competing with no political or legislative experience. However, he is appealing to the concept that “the traditional pool of candidates is clearly incapable of breaking the cycles of gridlock in Washington,” and that “everyday Americans are capable of serving as well or better than the career politicians that currently represent us.”

Although Woerner said voting against Inouye would be difficult for the many Hawaii voters who have come to love him, Woerner believes with Congressional approval ratings below 20 percent, “voters are eager to continue the change that inspired so many of us in 2008.”

The Primary Election is Sept. 18, 2010.

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