HAWAII

Hannemann Running as An Independent

Karyn Bruggeman
April 25, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Former Hon­olulu May­or Mufi Han­nemann an­nounced Thursday he in­tends to run for gov­ernor as an in­de­pend­ent. Han­nemann “said it will be a daunt­ing chal­lenge to win the gov­ernor’s race as an In­de­pend­ent can­did­ate, but he can do it.” (Hawaii News Now)

The an­nounce­ment means the 2014 race will be a near-rep­lica of 2010, when Gov. Neil Aber­crom­bie (D) de­feated Han­nemann in the Demo­crat­ic primary and then beat former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona (R) in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Aiona is also ex­pec­ted to run again this year. In the in­ter­ven­ing cycle Han­nemann launched an un­suc­cess­ful House bid in 2012 in HI-02 and lost the primary to Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard (D).

The former Hon­olulu may­or “says he’s a life-long Demo­crat, but has con­cerns with party’s cur­rent dir­ec­tion,” and said “”I feel that the party has strayed from work­ing class val­ues.” Han­nemann: “I do bet­ter in gen­er­al elec­tions and that’s what I think is im­port­ant. Yes I lost big Demo­crat­ic primar­ies. There’s a reas­on, but in the gen­er­al elec­tion, we really like our chances.” (KITV-TV)

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