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Local Connection: Gubernatorial Election

By: Rick Blangiardi

We are seven weeks removed from a historic gubernatorial election and though the excitement of the season has yet to kick in, voters should start taking a hard look at the choices.

Hawaii News Now has committed itself to taking at deep dive on the three major candidates, Mufi Hannemann, David Ige and Duke Aiona. We also plan a profile on the fourth major candidate, Jeff Davis.

The way this election plays out will be interesting in that the winner may garner only about 35 percent of the vote. So anyone can win.

Major storylines are emerging that we will cover. For example, where do the major candidates stand on the issues, how are they raising money and from whom, what are their records from their previous or current political jobs? Who is running their campaigns? Will there be major mainland help and finances?

We are planning a town hall debate with a live audience on Oct. 15 at the UH Cancer Center. Besides parntering with the Star-Advertiser on the debate, we are also working with the newspaper on the Hawaii poll.

When Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost to Sen. Ige in stunning fashion on Aug. 9, it set off a seismic political shift in Hawaii. Please do yourself a favor. Continue to get informed about the men running for the state's top job and if you are not registered to vote, please make it your business to do so.

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