Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said at the 2008 convention that “Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work. That’s the promise of America: the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we rise and fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need now.” He also spoke of “broken politics” and a failure by government to respond, saying that “more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less … More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.”
If you absolutely cannot wait to vote for Barack Obama in November, I invite you this Saturday, Sept. 20th to vote for someone who in many ways embodies the best talents and qualities of Senator Obama – that is, a political outsider, a person inexperienced in elected time in office but full of hope, a person who desires change and seeks to educate others about how change is very possible, and a person who will do much good if only given a chance – and that is Dr. Panos Prevedouros, candidate for Honolulu Mayor.
Dr. Prevedouros is the real change candidate for Honolulu. The question you have to ask yourself is this: do you really believe that the same politicians that got Oahu into the mess it is in today can be the same ones to get us out of it? Like Barack Obama, Dr. Prevedouros is a political outsider and has not yet been tainted or exposed by Washington, D.C. politics. Dr. Panos Prevedouros can also say as Obama did at the 2008 convention that “I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington.” Dr. Prevedouros has never served or been counsel to a President of the United States, but as an educator he has mentored and raised up for the last twenty years generation after generation of young people – many of them coming from financially challenging backgrounds – and helped them accomplish their dreams. Now that’s what I call experience and leadership.
Dr. Prevedouros represents real hope, real change, and real solutions for Honolulu. So if you’re looking to vote for both change and Barack Obama in November, by all means do, but please don’t forget to vote for change by choosing Dr. Panos Prevedouros this Saturday as your next Mayor of Honolulu.