Former Miss Hawaii 2011 Lauren Cheape elected to Hawaii House of Representatives

She's beautiful, smart and Republican. Meet the nation's newest conservative star: Lauren Cheape. Photo: Facebook

MILILANI, HI, November 7, 2012 – The former Miss Hawaii Lauren Kealohilani Cheape (R, HI-45) appears to have won her first ever election to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, leading with 48.5% of the vote to her Democratic opponent Jake Bradshaw’s 47.3% as of the final precinct reporting late last night.

Cheape is a sixth generation local farmer and one of the youngest candidates of the Hawaii GOP to win elected office this year.

“I’m just so excited to represent the area that I was born and raised in and that my family has been a part of for so long and to work hands on in my community,” Cheape told TWTC in a telephone interview.

“My immediate priority is to address the rising cost of living in Hawaii, agriculture and improving education.”

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Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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