Randy Iwase Announces His Run For Governor - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Randy Iwase Announces His Run For Governor

Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Iwase (D) Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Iwase (D)

(KHNL)  Six years ago, Randy Iwase closed his campaign fund and gave Kaimuki High School $1,000 to repair damage left by thieves. Friday, the former state senator returned to his alma mater to announce his plan to resume a political career.

A Democrat, Iwase said he wants to build more affordable housing, support public education and improve Hawaii's economy. He is the first Democrat to publicly announce a candidacy for governor.

"I believe that government must act. I believe that government is a force for justice," Iwase said.

He accused Governor Linda Lingle of being more concerned with public relations than public policy.

"As the gap between the cost to buy even a modest home and the salaries paid to us to buy that home grows, all we've gotten from the republican incumbent is flavor of the month issues and slick public relation announcements," Iwase said.

Lingle said she plans to raise $6 million to support her campaign. She declined to comment on Iwase's announcement but said she's ready to defend her seat.

"We've made tremendous progress in certain areas," Lingle said. "You never achieve everything you like to and there's always areas you could do better. So I'm looking forward to the campaign and I would like to serve another term."

Iwase said he can't match Lingle's campaign fund but he believe he can still reach voters.

"She has $6 million," Iwase said. "But we've got to understand politics is not about money, it's about people."

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:52 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:03:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:03:12 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>
  • Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

    Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-06-20 17:21:43 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:04:57 GMT
    United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly