|Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 20th district
January 1985 – January 1991
|Preceded by||Mazie Hirono|
|Succeeded by||Jackie Young|
October 14, 1950 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Colorado, Boulder|
Campbell "Cam" Cavasso (born October 14, 1950), is an American politician, businessman and member of the Republican Party. He served three consecutive terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives from January 1985 to January 1991, representing House District 51 in Windward Oahu. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in 2002 and was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2010, losing on both occasions to Democratic incumbent Daniel Inouye. He was also the Republican nominee for the same seat in a 2014 special election, losing to Democrat Brian Schatz, who was appointed to the seat in 2012 after Inouye died.
Cavasso was born on October 14, 1950 in San Francisco, California, the eldest of three sons (Joseph and David younger brothers) of Leon Cavasso Jr., a coffee broker and salesman, and June Campbell Cavasso, a homemaker, secretary, and daughter of a New Jersey Christian minister and pastor, Charles Henry Campbell, and his wife Elsie Campbell. His paternal great–grandfather, Frank Davey, was a Hawaii adventurer and photographer who served the royalty in the Hawaiian Kingdom in the late 19th Century. Davey's photographs include those of Princess Kaiulani on the steps of her home at Ainahou, Hawaii and the “Lei Makers” in the early years of Honolulu. Davey’s caricature was carried in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser in their edition of June 28, 1902.
Awarded a four-year ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1973. In his junior year, he spent two semesters as a foreign exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, he served five years in the United States Army from 1973–78, rising to the rank of Captain.
Cavasso currently resides with Tula, his wife of thirty-two years, and four children and four grandchildren on a small six and one-half acre turf farm in Waimanalo, Hawaii. He is a lay minister in his Christian church and has served as a Bible Study group teacher.
Cavasso is a 27-year veteran financial advisor with the Mass Mutual Financial Group and the owner of Hydroseed Hawaii, LLC, a small business contracting company specializing in hydromulching.
2002 lieutenant gubernatorial election
In 2002, he sought the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. He finished third with 10,085 votes (13.88%), behind television news anchor Dalton Tanonaka, who took 27,142 votes (37.36%), and former Circuit Court judge Duke Aiona, who won the primary with 35,422 votes (48.76%). Aiona thus became the running mate of former Maui Mayor Linda Lingle. The pair won the election and were inaugurated in December 2002.
2004 U.S. Senate election
Cavasso ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and won the Republican nomination against three minor challengers, receiving 20,910 votes (49.55%). In the general election, he faced seven-term incumbent Democrat Daniel Inouye and lost in a landslide. Inouye won 313,629 votes (75.51%) to Cavasso's 87,172 (20.99%).
2010 U.S. Senate election
Cavasso again ran for the U.S. Senate again in 2010, winning the Republican primray with 23,033 votes (66.94%). He ran on a platform of change and emphasized the need for a balanced budget. He was again defeated in the general election by Inouye, taking 79,939 votes (21.57%) to his 277,228 (74.81%).
2014 U.S. Senate election
After Inouye died in December 2012, Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to the seat. A special election will be held to finish the remaining two years of Inouye's term. Cavasso won the Republican primary with 25,621 votes (72.40%) and faced Schatz in the general election. He was defeated by 246,827 votes (69.8%) to 98,006 (27.7%).
Cavasso is a strong supporter of social conservative political positions. He identifies as a constitutional and fiscal conservative and believes that "individuals, not government, are best at solving problems and creating opportunities."
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- "Honolulu Star Bulletin Paddling Article". Retrieved June 14, 2010.
- "Hydroseed Hawaii Website". Retrieved June 14, 2010.
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- "2004 Senate Election Statistics". CNN.
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- "Cavasso's Campaign site". Cam Cavasso for US Senate. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Facebook Page". Cam Cavasso for US Senate. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
2004, 2010, 2014