Aiona makes second try at state's top job

By Ann Sterling
Published On: May 19 2014 09:34:01 PM HST

Duke Aiona announced that he is running for the state's top job again. KITV4 's Ann Sterling talked with the Republican candidate about the issues he thinks the state needs to focus on.

HONOLULU -

The race for governor of Hawaii picked up a new candidate.

Duke Aiona announced Monday that he is running for the state's top job again.

Click here to watch Ann Sterling's report.

It's a new age of campaigning and Republican Duke Aiona embraced it as he officially announced he's running to become the eighth governor for the State of Hawaii.

"At 8 this morning our nomination papers were filed," said Aiona.

In 2010, Aiona made his first attempt for governor, but lost to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Aiona says the upcoming election is not a re-match.

"I don't consider this a rematch, not at all. This is a new campaign, new issues, different concerns," said Aiona.

Aiona says education, the economy and battling homelessness are top priorities in his campaign. Even though Catholics oppose gay marriage, he says that's not going to be a theme in the governor's race.

"I'm not going to make it an issue; the law has been passed. We'll move on with issues that are in the forefront," said Aiona.

The Republican says right now he believes this is a two-way race between him and Abercrombie. He's not willing to turn it into a battle of conservative versus liberal though.

"Right now it's myself and the Governor who have officially filed," said Aiona. "I don't use labels. I'm a republican running as a republican. I think the republican platform is all about trust, respect and balance."

State Sen. David Ige has announced he is running in the democratic race where he faces Abercrombie. Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has also announced he is running as a candidate for the Independent party.

Hawaii's primary election is on Aug. 9.

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