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HONOLULU — On their 16th wedding anniversary, Hawaii Democrats gave Josh Green and his wife, Jaime, a comfortable margin of victory in Saturday’s gubernatorial primary.

Green, the state’s current lieutenant governor, easily beat former first lady Vicky Cayetano and Kaiali’i Kahele, who decided to run for governor instead of a second term in the state House. -United.

Green, with lei of yellow and purple flowers and green leaves stacked up to his neck, alternated between throwing his fists in the air and giving the shaka sign to a raucous crowd of supporters at his victory party.

“In November, we will win the governorship and lead Hawaii forward,” he said to the cheering crowd.


He will face former Republican Lt. Governor Duke Aiona in the general election, who defeated mixed martial arts championship fighter BJ Penn in his party’s primary.

In an interview with Hawaii News Now, Aiona said her followers “trusted in my ability to lead the state, and I’m really, really thankful and thankful for that.”

Green served as second-in-command for the past four years to Hawaii Governor David Ige, who has already served two terms and is not eligible for re-election.

The winner of the Democratic primary is favored to win the general election in the Liberal state.

Many voters said Hawaii’s high housing costs were a major issue for them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the median price of a single-family home exceeded $1 million in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai counties.

To address the housing shortage, Green said he would issue an executive order to eliminate red tape and streamline building approvals and enforce existing laws to shut down illegal vacation rentals.

Aiona said he would eliminate the state Land Use Commission, which he accused of slowing housing development.

Former State Senator Jill Tokuda defeated State Representative Patrick Pihana Branco for the Democratic nomination for that seat, Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district.

Among Republicans, former US Air Force intelligence analyst and businessman Joe Akana beat company owner Joseph Webster.

In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Representative Ed Case defeated lawyer and political newcomer Sergio Alcubilla in the Democratic primary. The general election case will face former US Navy SEAL Conrad Kress, who beat two other candidates to win the Republican primary.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent U.S. Senator Brian Schatz defeated top Democratic challenger Steve Tataii, a dispute resolution consultant. Tataii made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2016.

In the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, state Rep. Bob McDermott defeated five other candidates.

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