KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced Tuesday that he will be endorsing U.S. Rep Colleen Hanabusa for governor in the upcoming election.
Tsutsui and Hanabusa made the announcement together Tuesday night, at the grand opening and blessing of the Hanabusa for Governor Headquarters in Kahului.
"I will be supporting Colleen in the Primary and urge the people of Hawaii to join me in putting their trust in her to fight for the future our children deserve," Tsutsui said in a news release. "This election is about who has the greatest skills and ability to manage the executive branch, while working collaboratively with leaders on each island. Colleen is a proven, action-oriented leader who has the vision and passion necessary to be our next governor, not just of Oahu but our entire state."
Tsutsui was lieutenant governor under incumbent Gov. David Ige up until this year.
"Residents on every island are telling me they are disappointed in the lack of leadership and failure to focus on the issues of greatest importance to Hawaii," Hanabusa said in a statement.
"Including the growing problem of homelessness, the condition of state highways and roads, and the future of agriculture, as well as the condition of our medical facilities."
"I will work closely with county leadership to put plans in place that turn consensus into action."