Hanabusa, Ige continue to capture support prior to primary election

By: Tianna Morimoto
HNN Summer Intern

HONOLULU, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) – Almost two weeks away from the primary election, Democratic gubernatorial candidates continue to garner support.

Former Governor Ben Cayetano has endorsed Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in the race for the governor's office.

Cayetano supported her campaign since January, saying "Colleen is smart, articulate, and honest. She does her homework before making decisions on the issues."

Hanabusa also scooped up the support of the Honolulu Star Advertiser's Editorial Board. In a recent publication, the board said Hanabusa is fit to handle the continuous problems that the next Governor will have to face.

"Our campaign is benefiting from the wisdom of experienced leaders whose achievements provide the foundation for the state Democratic Party" Hanabusa said in a statement.

Hanabusa added, "It's time to move forward with greater urgency in building the future of Hawaii."

Meanwhile, her opponent Gov. David Ige ran a new campaign ad featuring the support of a local leader.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim is seen in the ad praising Ige's actions and assistance for those affected by the Kilauea Eruption.

"Kilauea erupted with a force that none of us have ever seen. Governor Ige responded without any hesitation" Kim said in the ad. "I've said thank you Governor, because he came through."

The support for both candidates is highly valued as the primary election on Aug. 11 quickly approaches.

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