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Aiona officially enters Hawaii governor race

By Cathy Bussewitz

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:13 p.m. HST, May 19, 2014

Former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona has made it official that he's running for governor.

Republican Aiona announced his candidacy Monday after filing papers with the state office of elections.

The race has echoes of 2010, when Aiona ran against Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Back then, Abercrombie handily beat Aiona.

Abercrombie filed papers to make his 2014 run official last week, and faces a primary challenge from Sen. David Ige.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who also ran in 2010, is running for governor as an independent.

Aiona says it will be a tough campaign, but he plans to get an early start bringing his message to voters. He says he will focus on homelessness and affordable housing in his campaign.

Aiona served as lieutenant governor of Hawaii from 2002-2010.

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justin_thyme wrote:
Here we go again -- yet another campaign re-run of a right-wing religious zealot who just doesn't get it: most Hawai'i voters don't like what you stand for, Rev. Aiona, and they don't want you in high office.
on May 19,2014 | 03:42PM
lynnh wrote:
The only Zealot nut job here is someone who makes comments like yours.
on May 20,2014 | 12:15AM
MrMililani wrote:
Sorry Lynnh...Justin is right. Aiona is a complete loser and couldn't win this race if his life depended on it. The vast majority of the people in Hawaii are turned off by his religious beliefs and would never vote for this guy. How many times does he have to lose before he gets the message?
on May 20,2014 | 09:28AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Sorry, mililani, she's right...
on May 20,2014 | 03:36PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Hannemann, Abercrombie, Aiona & Ige...oh my.
on May 19,2014 | 04:23PM
rscmusic wrote:
on May 19,2014 | 04:47PM
kukui_nut wrote:
Go Duke!
on May 19,2014 | 05:37PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Go Duke!....
on May 19,2014 | 10:31PM
Maipono wrote:
The Duke is mai ka'i. Mahalo for running, LG Aiona, you are the best choice of the field by a long run.
on May 19,2014 | 05:45PM
chacha555 wrote:
What The republican can't get anybody better to run. Always the same people. No wonder they cannot win
on May 19,2014 | 06:40PM
lynnh wrote:
And yet the dumb voters out here keep "reelecting" the "same" people over and over again. Anybody would be better than what is in office now. No wonder the people of these islands get dumped on all the time. Get what you ask for.
on May 20,2014 | 12:21AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Best of luck, Duke.
on May 19,2014 | 06:42PM
Squiggs wrote:
I am not sure the voters of this state would want a religious zealot, along with the crazies that are attracted to him.
on May 19,2014 | 07:40PM
lynnh wrote:
The only Zealot nut job here is someone who makes comments like yours. You need to evaluate your state of mind. I think you will find you think you are better than everyone else.
on May 20,2014 | 12:17AM
hawaiikone wrote:
What are you sure of?
on May 20,2014 | 03:42PM
usahwn wrote:
Spend my tax dollars taking care of homeless ???? and you want to be the governor??? I hope you have better goals otherwise stay home and don't waste other peoples money and time.
on May 19,2014 | 08:07PM
F8TH wrote:
You have a better idea on how to handle a growing problem like this? Private organizations won't help with the problem and no one individual can deal with it, only our local government can do something about it. A large percentage of our homeless comes from the mainland to escape the extreme elements and another chunk are homeless because of drugs. In my opinion, we should send back to the mainland those who came from there, rehabilitate the druggies, and help those who are homeless due to circumstances (lost jobs, etc.) to get back on their feet.
on May 20,2014 | 06:46AM
kuewa wrote:
Can anyone name one significant accomplishment for Aiona in his 8 years as Lt Gov? I can't, and I'm grateful for that knowing what he stands for. On the other, this lack of job performance should automatically disqualify him for Gov.
on May 20,2014 | 12:30AM
F8TH wrote:
Name anything significant ANY Lt. Gov. has done in the past. Not much to mention is there. Like most "assistant" positions, it is laden with tasks and assignments. You don't hear much about what they do because most is done under the radar. If you ever see a "second in command" take the spot light from the leader (ie. the president), his or her political career would be in jeopardy because the political party will frown on such things. Ex Gov. Cayetano, who was an outspoken politician bit his tongue for 8 years as the Lt. Gov. before becoming Governor of our state. You have to understand politics and unfortunately, most people writing comments here don't.
on May 20,2014 | 06:55AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Thank God ~ now we have someone to vote for! I wish he were running for President!
on May 20,2014 | 02:12AM
HCSSC wrote:
on May 20,2014 | 02:41AM
whs1966 wrote:
The photo says it all: He's all talk.
on May 20,2014 | 05:32AM
yhls wrote:
Right on, Duke. There are many here in Hawaii disgusted with the direction the Democrats have taken.
on May 20,2014 | 06:19AM
8082062424 wrote:
i agree. this will be a very interesting election. folks will have more choices
on May 20,2014 | 06:51AM
pridon wrote:
No way Duke can win. The polls are fixed. Dems will just have a shortage of ballots in Aiona leaning poll stations. What did the gnome do in his years in DC?
on May 20,2014 | 06:05PM
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