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Hawaii Future Caucus set up

November 29, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A bipartisan group wants to increase the participation of young people in Hawaii's government.

An announcement Wednesday from the state House of Representatives said a group of state and county leaders 40 years old and younger have established the Hawaii Future Caucus.

Spearheading the caucus are Republican state Rep. Beth Fukumoto, Democrat state Rep. Takashi Ohno and Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, who is running as a Democrat for a U.S. House seat.

Fukumoto says young people are frustrated by partisanship. Ohno says voter participation and government transparency need to improve to make government more accessible and appealing to young people. Chang says he hopes the caucus helps to restore confidence and encourages engagement in government.



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