By Janelle Guerrero
HNN Summer Intern
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Democrats assembled in downtown Hilo on Friday, where candidates had the chance to address the public one more time before the primary election.
The Hilo Grand Rally is held on the eve of Election Day and is considered to be a tradition.
"There is so much tradition that holds and stands in this place," Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said. "When we think of those who came before us, those who stood on these very steps, talking about the issues that are important to our island here and to our state."
Sen. Brian Schatz, Gov. David Ige and Sen. Mazie Hirono were among the list of attendees.
Pete Hoffman, a mayoral hopeful, took the time to address what he thinks is the most important issue plaguing the county.
"I believe that there are all too many people, all too many of our residents who live at or below the federal poverty level," Hoffman said.
Former Mayor Harry Kim feels that people should vote based on the work that has been done.
"In regards to my race, I think I served you for 40 years," Kim said. "I promise you it will be the same hard work, committed work, with one idea mind to do what is best for Hawaii Island."
The first Hilo Democratic Grand Rally was held in 1954. It usually takes place at the Mooheau Bandstand right on Hilo Bay.