Primary voters interested in abortion rights and other issues important to women might expect some guidance from the Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus in the Democratic primary for state Senate District 25.
State Sen. Pohai Ryan (D, Lanikai-Waimanalo) is up against Laura Thielen, a former director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Levani Lipton, a non-profit worker.
But the Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus, a local affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus, has endorsed all three women.
Faye Kennedy, the local chapter president, explained that the endorsement is based on a questionnaire given to the candidates. She said if all the candidates support caucus priorities, the caucus has concluded it would be unfair to choose one over another.
“I will be the first to admit it’s unfortunate,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy, who is the outgoing president, said she also disagrees with a national policy change from a few years back that bars the caucus from supporting male candidates. She said that policy is one of the reasons she is stepping down. She said she is open to any suggestions to improve the endorsement process.