Abercrombie running for change, Hannemann touts leadership

HONOLULU (AP) - Neil Abercrombie describes himself as an "agent of change," but he also has been a member of Hawaii's political establishment for a very long time.

Abercrombie's political career spans four decades, beginning in 1970 when the Democrat unsuccessfully took on sitting Republican U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong.

Since then, Abercrombie has served as a state legislator, a Honolulu councilman and represented urban Honolulu in Congress for nearly 20 years before resigning in February.

Meantime, fans of Mufi Hannemann praise his ability to get things done. Opponents have a problem with him for the same reason.

Part collaborator and part intimidator, the former Honolulu mayor touts his effectiveness, including his accomplishments in launching costly plans for the city's rail system and an upgrade to sewer lines.

Hannemann says he will bring the same kind of leadership to the Hawaii Capitol if he's elected governor.

Abercrombie and Hannemann will face each other for the Democratic nomination for governor in the Sept. 18 primary.

The winner will meet the Republican candidate -- either Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona or Honolulu lawyer John Carroll -- in the November general election.

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