After weeks of campaigning, the ballots are in for the Primary Election. So, did Hawaiʻi voters show up? We’ll take a look at turnout across the state and any voting issues that popped up. Plus, with several hotly contested races, who won and who lost? For the candidates who are advancing to the general election, the fight isn’t over yet, as they get ready to face new opponents in the November 8 General Election.
This year, all 76 seats in the Hawaiʻi Legislature are up for grabs because of redistricting. We talk with candidates in the Republican primary for Senate District 6, Philip Raya and Sheila Walker. The district covers parts of West and South Maui. There is no incumbent in the race. On Oʻahu, two veteran lawmakers, Gregg Takayama and Roy Takumi are facing off in the Democratic primary for House District 34 in Pearl City after their districts were merged.
Several seats in the State Senate are up for grabs this election year as long-time incumbents retire. Three democrats, newcomers Shaina Forsyth and Tamara Goebbert and State Rep. Angus McKelvey are looking to make the general election ballot in the District 6 race, which represents portions of South and West Maui. On Oʻahu, the Democratic primary for the District 11 (Mānoa – Makiki Heights) seat pits newcomer Ian Ross against veteran politician Carol Fukunaga.
The re-drawing of legislative districts due to shifts in population has created challenging election contests across the state this year. On Hawaiʻi Island, incumbents Laura Acasio and Lorraine Inouye face Wil Okabe in the Democratic Primary for District 1, that includes Hilo and part of the Hamakua Coast. Acasio and Okabe will face off in a live format. On Oʻahu there is no incumbent in Senate District 19 which covers parts of Pearl City, Waipahu and ʻEwa. State Representative Henry Aquino faces newcomer Roger Clemente in the Democratic Primary.
Hawaiʻi has only had two Republican Governors since statehood in 1959. With no incumbent running and well-known candidates running on both sides of the aisle, will 2022 be the year that a third Republican gains the state’s highest political office? In all, 10 GOP candidates will be on the ballot this summer. Join us as we talk with Republican contenders ahead of the August 13th primary election.
Three leading candidates are vying for the democratic nomination for governor. Business leader Vicky Cayetano, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele will appear together in the PBS Hawaiʻi studio, as they battle to move on to the general election. Find out where each candidate stands on the issues and why they want to lead the state.
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