Gubernatorial candidates hold 1st Big Isle debate

Gubernatorial candidates hold 1st Big Isle debate

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The three major candidates for Hawaii governor agree schools should have more local control.

But none of them think the statewide school district should be broken up into smaller districts.

Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann, Republican candidate Duke Aiona and Democratic candidate David Ige participated in their first Big Island debate in Hilo Thursday.

The three men also agree the state Department of Health is moving too quickly to phase out cesspools on the islands.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports they used the two-hour debate to offer their own pitches while making the occasional jab.

Hannemann touted his Big Island connections. Aiona pledged to reduce taxes and fees. And Ige said government should reach out to hunters and fishermen when looking at how to manage natural resources.

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