Local Connection: Primary Elections

Local Connection: Primary Elections

By: Rick Blangiardi

The dust has cleared and we are now through our 2012 primary season.

Along the way, Hawaii News Now has tried to keep you informed by giving this election the attention it deserved.

We hosted the first televised mayoral debate and the only statewide commercial debates featuring the leading contenders in the democratic primary for congressional district two and the U.S. senate. We were especially gratified that Hawaii News Now was the only news organization selected to feature the debate between United States Representative Mazie Hirono and former Congressman Ed Case.

We also brought you, with the help of our media partner the Honolulu-Star Advertiser, two separate research polls that looked at all the major races as well as public perceptions of our planned rail system.

Nobody threw more resources at covering this past Saturday's election, including nine live shots from the field; we deployed 26 reporters and photographers across the island, a star-studded group of five political analysts in house and more than 80 of our team members working on election coverage inside and outside our building.

We believe covering elections is a public service and we're only halfway home. Several more debates and polls are planned and our day-to-day coverage will be even more intense as we get closer to November as we help you make more crucial choices, including the president of the United States, a new u.s. senator and two members of the us house of representatives.

Our pledge is to keep you informed and inspire you to get to the polls. If we have helped do that in any way this past Saturday and on Nov. 6, then we've done our job.

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