Who Will Emerge as the Democrats’ Candidate for Governor in 2018?

Richard Borreca
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Almost four years ago, former Hawai‘i Govs. Ben Cayetano and George Ari-
yoshi had agreed to endorse and support the elections of both Colleen Hanabusa and David Ige.

Of course, in 2014, Hanabusa was running against Sen. Brian Schatz for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and Ige was running for governor against Neil Abercrombie, Hawai‘i’s Democratic incumbent.

Hanabusa, now back in Congress, is in another hotly contested Democratic primary — this time gunning for the governorship against the incumbent Ige.

The two senior political leaders, Cayetano and Ariyoshi, are both withholding announcing whom they will endorse in next year’s contest, although Cayetano does not hide his concerns about the Ige administration.

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