HONOLULU (AP) The Honolulu (AP)The couple celebrated their wedding anniversary on the 16th of July, Democrats in Hawaii gifted Josh Green and his wife, Jaime, a comfortable victory margin in the gubernatorial primaries on Saturday.
Green who is currently the state’s lieutenant governor of the state, easily beat the former First Lady Vicky Cayetano and Kaiali’I Kahele who decided to run for the governor’s post instead of seeking a second election to the U.S. House.
Green and purple, with an array of purple and yellow blooms and leaves piled over his neck. He alternated between throwing fists up in the air and delivering the shaking sign to a raucous crowd of supporters who attended his victory celebration.
“On to November, we will win the governorship and lead Hawaii forward,” he declared to the crowd of cheers.
He will take on his former two-term Republican Lieutenant. Governor. Duke Aiona in the general race, having beat mixed martial arts champion fighter, B.J. Penn, in the primary of his party.
Interview with Hawaii News Now, Aiona stated that the people who voted for him “trusted my ability to lead the state, and I’m truly, truly appreciative and grateful for that.”
Green has been second-in-command for four years under Hawaii Governor. David Ige, who has already served two terms in office and isn’t eligible for an election for reelection.
If the winner is chosen, the Democratic primary is expected to be the winner of the general election in the liberal state.
Many people said that Hawaii’s high cost of housing was the most pressing problem the. The COVID-19 epidemic was a major concern. the median cost for an individual-family house was more than 1 million dollars in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai counties.
To address the housing crisis, Green said he would issue an executive order to cut out the red tape, streamline approvals for construction, and apply existing laws to shut down illegal rental properties for vacations.
Aiona announced that he was going to abolish his state-run Land Use Commission, which was blamed for slowing down housing development.
Herbert Rowland, an Oahu construction worker, has expressed his appreciation for Green’s ideas for dealing with the housing crisis in Hawaii and homelessness.
“I’m originally from the island and have been living here for all of my life. It’s not my dream for me and my kids to leave this island because it’s expensive and they’re unable to find houses,” Rowland said recently when she was holding a Green campaign banner and waving to passing cars in Honolulu.
Aiona supporters Viola Alipio said she believes Aiona will tackle the rise of criminality across the country. In the past, Aiona served as a Family Court judge and Circuit Court judge. He was the chief judge of his involvement in the Hawaii Drug Court program, which offers rehabilitation for nonviolent offenders as a possible alternative to jail.
“I know him well. I am aware of his values everything is in line with my values. Transparency, honesty, family,” she said at an event in the recent Aiona sign-waving ceremony in Kailua.
Green was a state senator and a representative before he was appointed lieutenant governor. He worked as a physician in the rural areas of the Big Island before entering politics. He is still working in a part-time capacity as a physician during his time in his position in the State Legislature as the lieutenant governor.
Green has gained attention throughout the COVID-19 pandemic because of his explanations of rates of infection and trends, as well as capacity for hospital treatment.
The state’s biggest unions have supported his candidacy during the primary elections, comprising Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Hawaii Government Employees Association, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association.
The debate erupted as Kahele and Cayetano challenged the income Green earned as lieutenant governor, which was from the limited liability company known as Green Health International LLC. Green who is still in his emergency room physician work as a sideline while lieutenant governor, claimed that the funds were for the work he was able to perform as a physician.
Kahele attracted attention this year due to his work as a Hawaiian Airlines pilot and his extensive use of proxy votes in Congress. Like all those who have cast a proxy vote the senator submitted a document proving that his “unable to physically” vote in the Capitol. He mentioned “the ongoing public health emergency.”
Green is a native of Kingston, New York, and was raised in Pittsburgh. He relocated to Hawaii as a member of his National Health Service Corps in 2000.
Kahele’s decision to run as governor has opened his congressional seat, which represents the rural region of Oahu as well as Oahu’s Neighbor Islands.
Former state senator. Jill Tokuda beat state Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco in the race for winning the Democratic nomination for the seat in which is Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.
In a contest between Republicans Akana, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst and businessman Joe Akana defeated business owner Joseph Webster.
Hawaii is a state that votes by mail, and therefore voters began sending their ballots and putting the ballots in drop boxes around the islands at the end of last month. Election clerks in every county provided a handful of voting centers accessible to those who want to register at the last minute or cast their vote in person.
For the 1st Congressional District, the incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Case defeated lawyer as well as political novice Sergio Alcubilla in the Democratic primary. Conrad Kress, Patrick Largey, and Arturo Reyes are competing for the Republican endorsement.
The U.S. Senate contest Senate race, incumbent U.S. Senator. Brian Schatz defeated Democratic primary opponent Steve Tataii, a conflict resolution expert. Tatami was unsuccessful in his bid for Congress in the year 2016.
At the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, state Rep. Bob McDermott beat five other candidates.