"...I am announcing my candidacy for Governor of the State of Hawaii. Every campaign starts with family: they are with you from the beginning, pick you up when you stumble, and help you celebrate and cherish the successes. That's why I chose to make this announcement from our home," Ige said.
"As my family and I contemplated whether to run for governor, we spoke with many friends and neighbors. Through those conversations, I realized that people here in Hawaii are hungry for a governor they can believe in and trust."
"The citizens of Hawaii continue to face serious issues. We need to strengthen and diversify our economy, improve education, and re-engineer government to better serve the people. It is time for real and enduring solutions to ensure that we are taking the right steps to create opportunities for our children and future generations."
Currently, Senator Ige represents District 16 which covers Aiea, Pearlridge, Pearl City, Momilani, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, and Pearl Harbor.
He has represented district 16 for the past 28 years.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie released the following statement:
"We welcome Sen. David Ige into the race for governor. He has had a long career as a state senator for the Leeward District of O'ahu. Voters will have an opportunity to hear and evaluate both candidates' respective legislative and executive experiences, track records and philosophies. Elections are all about choices. That is the democratic process, and voters will have a chance to engage with the candidates on critical issues that face all of us."
Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair, Dante Carpenter released this statement:
"I wish him [Ige] well and that he and the governor will keep it positive moving forward. May the best man win."
Sen. Ige is a member of the following committees: Ways and Means, Tourism and Higher Education.
For more information on Senator Ige, visit this website.
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A top Hawaii official is dead following a plane crash off Molokai. Officials say state Health Director Loretta Fuddy died at the scene.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Loretta Fuddy to her position more than two years ago. In her role as state health director, she also served as the mayor of Kalawao County on Molokai.