Ikaika Anderson on running for U.S. CongressUPDATED 10:38 PM HST Jul 22, 2014Video Transcript
know them for more than a week now, and as KITV approaches our Congressional primary debate.. we're down to our final profile of the seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. Tonight, he's a member of the Honolulu City Council, a father of four, with a unique tie to politics. Meet Ikaika Anderson. 14 Introducing himself, QUICK NAT IKAIKA SAYING HELLO ...shaking the hands of total strangers... NAT SOT IKAIKA INTRODUCING HIMSELLF. It's all part of running for office, and Ikaika Anderson does it with ease. 721 THAT'S ACTUALLY ONE OF THE EASIEST AND MOST ENJOYABLE PARTS OF THE CAMPAIGN, IS GOING UP TO PEOPLE SHAKING THEIR HAND AND GETTING TO LOOK THEM IN THE EYE AND ASK THEM FOR THEIR TRUST AND FOR THEIR VOTE. 731 You could say he was raised to do this. His grandfather Whitney Anderson - who helped care for him - was first elected to the state house in 1978. 1412 WHENEVER I DIDN'T HAVE SCHOOL, AND THERE WAS NO ONE AVAILABLE TO BABYSIT ME, I ENDED UP TAGGING ALONG WITH POPS IN HIS CAPITOL OFFICE 1420 That proximity to politics shaped his path. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools in 1996, he considered becoming a lifeguard, but first campaigned with Pops - 1533 I HELPED HIM GET THROUGH HIS RE-ELECTION, HE WAS RE-ELECTED AND IT WAS AFTER THAT, THE FOLLOWING YEAR WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTED THAT I WENT TO LOOK FOR A JOB AT THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1542 Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Hawaii, and has represented the Windward side on the Honolulu City Council since 2009. Why run for Congress? WE NEED SOMEONE IN CONGRESS THAT UNDERSTANDS HAWAII'S WORKING CLASS OF PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT I AM. I'M A YOUNG SPOUSE, I'M A YOUNG FATHER, MY WIFE AND I ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO BRING UP A FAMILY HERE IN HAWAII, WHILE RAISING TOGETHER FOUR CHILDREN, WE SURVIVE ON MY INCOME. And if elected, the 36 year old would be the only member of Congress of Hawaiian ancestry. 1244 WE DO NEED TO HAVE SOMEBODY IN CONGRESS, SERVING OUR NATIVE HAWAIIAN CONSTITUENCY, I THINK IT CAN BE ARGUED QUITE SUCCESSFULLY THAT WHEN THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY PROSPERS, THE STATE OF HAWAII PROSPERS. 1257 He does not regret NOT becoming a lifeguard, though sometimes... 1606 I LOOK OUTSIDE MY OFFICE WINDOW A LOT ON A NICE DAY AND THINK, WOW, BEING OUTSIDE WOULD BE NICE. 1612 You'll have a chance to see Ikaika Anderson - and all of the CD1 democratic candidates, square off in our debate THIS Wednesday... That's July 23rd at 8 P-M. It will air LIVE right here on KITV-4.