Iona wins gubernatorial primary in Hawaii | Health, medicine and fitness

By AUDREY McAVOY – Associated Press

Honolulu (AFP) – Former Lieutenant Governor James R. “Duke” Iona on Saturday in the GOP primary for Hawaii governor, defeating Mixed Martial Arts Championship fighter PJ Bean and Honolulu City Councilman Heidi Tsuneyoshi.

Iona served as Deputy Governor during the administration of former Governor Linda Lingle from 2002 to 2010.

He ran for governor once, 12 years ago, when he secured his party’s nomination but lost to Democrat Neil Abercrombie.

Iona earlier worked as a family court judge and circuit court judge. He led the Hawaii Drug Court Program, which offers rehabilitation to nonviolent offenders as an alternative to imprisonment.

Over the past decade, he has continued to practice private law, hosting the 808 State Update Talk Radio, and serving as an adjunct professor at the university.

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Iona is the son of a Portuguese father from Hawaii and a first generation Chinese mother.

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Lt. Josh Green Saturday won the Democratic primary for Hawaii governor, defeating U.S. Representative Kayali Kahile and former Hawaiian first lady Vicki Caetano.

Green has served as the number two in command of Hawaii Governor David Ige for the past four years. Prior to that, he was a senator and state representative. Green was a rural doctor on the Big Island before entering politics. He continued to work part-time as a physician while in the state legislature and as a lieutenant governor.

Green developed the following during the COVID-19 pandemic for his interpretations of infection rates and trends and hospital treatment capacity.

The state’s largest unions supported his candidacy, including the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association.

Green was born in Kingston, New York, and raised in Pittsburgh. He moved to Hawaii with the NHS in 2000.

Green would be the second Jewish governor of Hawaii if elected, after former governor Linda Lengle.

US Democratic Representative Kayali Cahill Decision to run for governor He has opened his seat in Congress representing rural areas of Oahu and the adjacent islands. In the US Senate, the incumbent Democratic Senator Brian Schatz He is also in the process of being re-elected and faces a primary challenge from an unknown candidate.

Hawaii is a postal-voted state, so voters have been mailing in their ballots and dropping them in drop boxes across the islands since late last month. Election officials in each county have made available a few voter service centers for people registered to vote at the last minute or vote in person.

In the governor’s race, the leading Democratic candidates are Cahill, former Hawaiian first lady Vicki Caetano and Lieutenant Josh Greene. On the Republican side, former Lieutenant Governor James R “Duke” Iona, retired MMA fighter BJ Penn and Honolulu City Council Member Heidi Tsuneoshi They are in running.

Ige has served two terms of four years and is ineligible to run again. The winner of the Democratic primary will be the candidate most likely to win the general election in the liberal country.

Many voters say the rising costs of housing in Hawaii are a major issue for them. The average price for a single-family home is over $1 million in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai counties.

Caetano said it will build rental-to-own housing and will work with provinces to simplify requirements that impede the construction of affordable housing. Green said he will issue an executive order to remove red tape, simplify approvals, and enforce existing laws to close illegal vacation rentals. Cahill said he would build housing for the target workforce and tax job vacancies.

Iona said he would abolish the state’s land use commission, which he blamed for slowing housing development.

Herbert Rowland, a construction worker on Oahu, said he liked Greene’s plans to tackle the problem of housing and homelessness in Hawaii.

“I’m from this island, I’ve been here my whole life. I don’t want my kids to move off this island because it’s so expensive and they can’t find a home,” Roland said, holding the green campaign sign and waving to passing cars in Honolulu.

Large numbers of travelers and “excessive tourism” that overwhelms popular sites is another major problem. Hawaii’s annual visitor count reached 10 million per year in 2019. The numbers fell early during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’ve since come back in a big way.

Green suggested charging a $50 fee for all travelers over 12 years old. He said this would raise between $350-400 million that the state could use to restore parks and coastlines and build housing. Caetano supported such fees and said eliminating illegal vacation rentals was a good first step.

Cahill said Hawaii needs to reimagine tourism with a focus on indigenous knowledge, Aloha spirit and culture.

Iona said the fee would be fine if used to maintain parks and trails, but he urged caution because higher costs could deter visitors that fuel Hawaii’s economy.

Cahill and Cayetano questioned the income that Green earned while he was a deputy governor of an LLC called Green Health International LLC. Green, who continued his side job as a doctor in the emergency room when he was the lieutenant governor, said the money was for the work he was doing as a doctor.

Cahill This year he drew attention to his side job as a pilot with Hawaiian Airlines and his extensive use of proxy voting in Congress. Like everyone who voted by proxy, he submitted a required letter certifying that he was “physically unable” to vote on the Capitol. He referred to the “ongoing public health emergency.”

Mona Chang Vieira, a teacher, principal and educator, said she loved Caetano’s business expertise and commitment to the community. Over the course of 34 years, Cayetano has built the largest laundry service provider in Hawaii, serving hotels and hospitals on three islands. She resigned as president in February.

“She’s very successful. She built her business from the ground up,” Zhang Vieira said.

Caetano became First Lady in 1997 when she married the then-governor of the state. Ben Cayetano during his first term in office.

In the US House of Representatives elections, Representative Patrick Behana Branco and former Senator Jill Tokuda were among six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Hawaii’s second congressional district. Cahill, the incumbent, decided to run for governor rather than seek re-election, leaving the position vacant.

Among the Republicans, former US Air Force Intelligence analyst and businessman Joe Akana and business owner Joseph Webster are looking for the job.

In the first congressional district, attorney and political newcomer Sergio Alcobella challenges incumbent Ed Case to the Democratic primary. Conrad Cris, Patrick Larry and Arturo Reyes vie for Republican support.

In the US Senate race, Schatz is challenged in the Democratic primary by Steve Tatay, a conflict resolution consultant. Tataii submitted a failed bid to Congress in 2016.

In the Republican primary for the US Senate, State Representative Bob McDermott was among five Republicans seeking his party’s nomination.

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