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Why 'Rocky' is on Hawaii's Democratic presidential caucus ballots

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (Image: Rocky 2016 Campaign) Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (Image: Rocky 2016 Campaign)
(Image: Democratic Party of Hawaii) (Image: Democratic Party of Hawaii)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On March 26, Hawaii Democrats will come out to vote in their presidential caucus, choosing among four candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley (who suspended his campaign) … and a San Diego real estate developer and businessman named Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.

If you’ve never heard of De La Fuente, you’re not the only one.

But he’s on the Democratic ballot in at least 20 states – and he fulfilled all the requirements to be put to a vote in the Hawaii Democratic poll. The Democratic Party of Hawaii conferred with officials nationally after getting De La Fuente’s application, and ultimately decided to put his name on the ballot.

De La Fuente has argued that he’s being ignored by the Democratic National Committee, and deserves to be considered and included in Democratic debates. He announced his candidacy in October 2015, and describes himself as a “conservative Democrat.”

The candidate has a snazzy website, and a series of YouTube pitches. He’s also active on social media, where he has more than 144,000 followers on Facebook and 209,000 followers on Twitter.

On Wednesday, he posted a video on his Facebook page calling for the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

On his site De La Fuente says he decided to become a candidate "because we must reestablish democracy. Politics is about ensuring the common well-being, not the interest of a select few.”

There are 34 delegates up for grabs in the Hawaii Democratic caucus.

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