Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities.
Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.
A “military brat,” Chad was born on an Army base in Alabama and later lived with his family in Germany, Illinois, Nebraska and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he edited the school newspaper. He also minored in Spanish and studied for a semester in Mexico.
Chad worked for a year on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, where he tracked satellites for the U.S. Air Force/NORAD. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from UH Manoa. His dissertation, “Democracy in Hawaii: Class, Race and Gender in Local Politics” (1996), was published as “Money, Color and Sex in Hawaii Politics” (Mutual Publishing; 1998).
When it comes to races for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees, many voters leave their ballots blank.
It’s the members of the Electoral College that make the ultimate determination. But will this year be different?
They also say they are satisfied with voting by mail, especially in a time of coronavirus.
And yet they also believe those very same leaders made the right call on stay-at-home and quarantine orders.
They also strongly favor term limits for prosecutor just like the ones for Honolulu mayor and City Council.
The former television executive is ahead of Keith Amemiya by 20 percentage points and enjoys broad support among most voters.