Candidates For Governor Enter Home Stretch

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle
Randy Iwase
Randy Iwase

(KHNL) - She's Hawaii's first female Governor. He's the one trying to unseat her. With a little more than a week left until the General Election, Linda Lingle and Randy Iwase are kicking it into high gear. KHNL News 8 catches up with the candidates as they enter the home stretch.

He may be the David to Linda Lingle's Goliath. But don't tell Gubernatorial challenger Randy Iwase that.

"I don't care what the political pundits say," he told supporters in Waipahu. "I only care about what you say. And what we've been hearing on the campaign trail from Kauai to the Big Island is we're going to win!"

The Kaimuki High and University of San Francisco Law School graduate picks education as his top priority. He says the key difference between him and the Republican incumbent is:

"I intend to be a work horse, not a show horse."

But on a stop at Kawaiahao Church, the state's chief executive proves no audience is too small.

"My favorite part of the campaign is being with people, whether it's small groups or large groups," Governor Lingle said.

Like her opponent, the Missouri native and former Maui Mayor taps education as a priority. But she says stumping for votes while carrying out her duties as Governor requires a juggling act. For example, who could've predicted an earthquake and crippling power outage in the middle of the campaign season?

"The biggest difference between four years ago and today is that, as a sitting Governor and Lieutenant Governor, we have daily responsibilities that we have to carry out," Lingle said. "So it limits the amount of time that we have to campaign."

Lingle says Iwase has a history of abandoning his responsibilities, leaving before the end of his terms in the Honolulu City Council and the State Senate.

"With respect to Governor Lingle's statements about her terms, I suggest we look at the record because perhaps she should not have served all of those terms," Iwase said.

The battle ends in nine days.

Monday, we'll catch up with U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and his Republican challenger Cynthia Thielen. And remember to keep it tuned to KHNL News 8 for complete coverage on Election night.