Pinay ex-colonel to head Hawaii GOP after landslide victory
A retired Filipino-American US Air Force colonel will head Hawaii's GOP after a landslide victory at the Republican Party's 2017 convention last May 14, according to a report on The Garden Island.
Shirlene Dela Cruz Ostrov, hand-picked by former Republican Congresswoman Pat Saiki, was selected by the GOP by a 245-111 margin by 359 state delegates to serve as the state party chair for two years.
Ostrov replaced incumbent House Republican minority leader Rep. Andria Tupola, who in turn replaced Beth Fukumoto after she switched to the Democratic Party due to "primarily racist elements" driving the GOP, Hawaii News Now reported in March.
The retired USAF Colonel, who identifies as Filipino-Catholic, vowed to lead the GOP with "restraint, discipline, and integrity to all policies" and focus on education and community outreach during her tenure, according to Civil Beat.
Prior to her winning the GOP chairmanship, Ostrov ran unsuccessfully against Democratic candidate Colleen Hanabusa for Hawaii's 1st Congressional district last year.
During her time with the USAF, Ostrov earned a Bronze Star Medal and a Legion of Merit, decorations awarded for acts of bravery and merit or outstanding service.
The current president and CEO of a logistics-consulting firm also earned two master's degrees, one from George Washington University and the other from Troy State University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida.
Ostrov is married to a Ukranian Jew with two Samoan-Tongan daughters. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News