HONOLULU (KHON2) — Voter turnout delayed race results this Election Day but the results were clear in the first print-out in Josh Green’s favor, making he and Sylvia Luke the state’s next leadership team.
Both Green and his opponent, Duke Aiona endured a long string of debates and interviews over three months to let voters in on their thoughts on the office and what their priorities were if they were elected as the next governor.
Among Green’s priorities, according to his campaign website, are affordable housing, cost of living and homelessness. Of which, he previously told KHON2, “I want them to know I’ll be passionate about homeless solutions. As we build housing for our middle class, workforce housing, that’s our central focus. But those suffering — about 10,000 individuals across our state — we have to take care of them, get them off the streets, for our own morality, but we have to solve this problem. I’ve already begun to build kauhale — Hawaii should lead the way.”
Duke Aiona conceded just after 9 p.m., thanking his friends and campaign staff.
Among a long list of mahalos, Green thanked Gov. David Ige as well as his opponents, Duke Aiona and Junior Tupa’i.
“Tonight is a new era. Tonight is the start of that new era, where leaders must start doing more to listen, to care and to work on issues that matter to all of us, that matter to you. We must do things that make a difference in your life. Tonight is about hope. It is about an optimistic vision for our state. A vision that says from Sylvia and Jamie and our families and me that we will take on the problems that have seemed too difficult to solve or even impossible to engage,” said Josh Green in his acceptance speech.