The two leading candidates to become Hawaii’s next governor — Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Mayor Kirk Caldwell — had vastly different fundraising efforts over the last six months, with Green raising over $400,000 and Caldwell generating less than $10,000.
Green’s campaign reported generating $424,212 in donations to the Campaign Spending Commission with Caldwell trailing badly with only $9,760 in contributions, according to their campaign spending reports.
Perhaps just as concerning to the Caldwell campaign, the former mayor received donations from only six people and one company.
Green received over 230 donations from prominent names, including many in the healthcare field who sometimes made more than one donation.
Green, a Hawaii island emergency room physician, has been a leading voice during the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes offering different perspectives than his boss, Gov. David Ige.
Former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last month that she is considering a gubernatorial run but did not file a campaign spending report.
Green and Caldwell appear to be the leading candidates to face one another in a Democratic primary next year to replace Ige, who is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term.