Democrats and GOP Hold State Conventions

Daisy Smith
Daisy Smith
Steve Sparks
Steve Sparks

by Darren Pai

HONOLULU (KHNL) She's 95 and for 40 years Daisy Smith has attended Republican conventions just to support her party's candidates.

"I'm just praying that they're going to do alright," Smith said. "But we got some good people. We really got some good people."

It's the first convention that Smith can talk about reelecting a Republican governor.

"Someone said to me, you think she'll make a third term," Smith said. "I said I think she's capable."

On the Democratic side, the race for Congress is getting a lot of attention with multiple candidates all gunning for one seat.

At his first Democratic convention, Steve Sparks hopes to sort through all the candidates looking to replace Ed Case in the U.S. House.

"We want candidates who are more for sustainable Hawaii," Sparks said. "More for an an economy that is not based on one, not just on tourism."

Democrats want to win back the governor's office and keep their hold on Congress.

"I think we're going to have a really strong party this year," Sparks said.

The Republicans are holding their event at the Sheraton Waikiki, while the Democrats will gather at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.