Meet the Filipino American candidates running in Hawaii’s local general elections

HAWAII — ‘Third Time’s a Charm’ might be the case for two Filipino-American candidates on the ballot this year for Hawaii’s general election.

Roger Clemente is a Republican running for Senate district 17, a seat that he did not win in 2014. In 2016, he was unsuccessful in winning a seat in the House of Representatives.

Clemente is running against Hawaii state Senator Clarence Nishihara, the Democratic incumbent who has been in office since 2004.

Over at the lower chamber of the Hawaii state legislature, Filipino-American Democratic candidate Rose Martinez is running for a third time against Republican Bob McDermott.

McDermott has served three terms in the Hawaii state house of representatives. Martinez is hoping to defeat McDermott because she claims that the community has been ‘short-changed,’ with McDermott in office.

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