HONOLULU (AP) -Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the Democratic Primer in his bid for a second mandate at the office Saturday, defeated the US Republic Colleen Hanabusa, who gave up his seat in Congress to run to governor.
Mr. Ige had a challenging first term among a series of natural and artificial disasters, including a false missile warning that sent the state to panic in January, a major embarrassment for his administration.
However, the governor’s handling of the Kilauea volcano last eruption, destroying more than 700 homes and displaced thousands, as well as devastating floods on Kauai, got him back on track and he came out in front of Hanabusa.
Mr. Ige invested in his efforts to provide more affordable housing and address the housing problem of the state. Hawaii has had the highest number of homeless per capita in the country for many years and is one of the most expensive places to live in the country.
Mr. Ige will meet Hawaii State Rep. Andria Tupola, who won the Republican Prime Minister in November. Mr. Ige is likely to get the job choice. Hawaii has only had two Republican governors since it became a state, and most islands residents voted blue.
In another top run, former congressman Ed Case has emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic Party’s primary Saturday to represent Honolulu in the congress.
The 65-year-old fiscal conservative on Saturday defeated five other major candidates, including Lt. Doug Chin, the architect of Hawaiian legal battle against President Trump’s travel ban.
“I think voters want Washington to work again, that’s the number one problem. Clearly it was my message and I think it’s too much of the result of my race,” said Mr. Case. “I said clearly that we have to fix Washington and we have to work together and that message is clearly resonated with many voters.”
He will meet Cam Cavasso, a former state representative who previously failed with the US Senate. Mr Cavasso won the GOP Primary Saturday. The winner of the Democratic Primer is almost guaranteed to win in Hawaii elections.
Ms. Tupola is the minority leader of the house and one of only five Republicans on the 51
-member body. She defeated former state secretary John Carrol and former Pearl Harbor nonprofit CEO Ray Heureux for the nomination of the GOP’s primary governor.
Ms. Tupola said that one of her primary focuses as governor would be to address housing and fight for Indian Hawaiians to get the opportunity to use land set aside for them decades ago.
Ms. Tupola is a music teacher who previously learned at a local community college. She was elected for the first time to the state legislature in 2014.
The next governor comes to the office with a lot of work in front of them, including building homes for low-income workers.
The new governor will also face the aftermath of the destructive outbreak of the Kilauea volcano that began in May. Most of the residents whose homes were destroyed or displaced did not have insurance that would cover lava damage.
The volcano is also the most visited tourist spot in the state and the drop in visitors has caused a ripple effect throughout the local economy.
And despite better relations between the United States and North Korea, Hawaii is still a strategic military post office in the Pacific, which can be targeted military threats.
Asami Kobayashi, who was volunteer for the fall campaign, said she liked her message about bipartisanship.
“It’s something we really need right now when Congress seems to be really divided,” said Kobayashi.
The state has made it easier to vote this year, allowing people to register on the day of the election at their polling point. People had to register one month before the election.
Hawaii has open primaries, meaning voters do not have to be members of a political party to vote for their candidates.
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