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Tea Party activist is first GOP candidate for Hawaii lieutenant governor

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu attorney Adrienne King filed papers to seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday. The long-time Republican campaigner and activist became the first GOP candidate to officially seek the office.

"I'm active in the Tea Party movement, I believe I was the only candidate who sponsored the Oahu tea party, because I believe that freedom and liberty are the core of the country and I stand with the constitution" said King.

Candidates aligning themselves with the Tea Party movement, are heating up Republican primary races across the country as they take on more established GOP office-seekers. Many are newcomers to politics. King has unsuccessfully sought a state House seat three times.

"The education of our children is the most important thing, we can't really solve the education problem unless the economy is strong and we really need to solve the economic problem, get people back to work and also create more efficiency in government, so people know their tax dollars are being well spent."

So far, King is the lone GOP candidate to file for the post, though Dana Wedemeyer-Steele of Kaneohe also has indicated an interest.

On the Democratic side, only state Representative Lyla Berg of Hahaione Valley had filed her candidacy papers as of last week. State Senators Gary Hooser of Kauai and Norman Sakamoto of Salt Lake, Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu of Waipahu and former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz also have indicated an interest in running for the nomination.

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