Mayor Caldwell, Senator Hirono weigh in on primary election
Major Kirk Caldwell and Senator Mazie Hirono weighed in on the primary election early Saturday before the first tallies were released.
While Caldwell noted his endorsement of incumbent David Ige, Hirono says she has stayed out of all of the primaries except for Lieutenant Governor.
"I endorse Jill Tokuda because I've known Jill for decades," said Sentator Hirono. "And I've worked with her and she is a person of integrity and I think that she would make a terrific Lieutenant Governor having been Lieutenant Governor myself."
Hirono, who is running unopposed in the primary, says she's not taking anything for granted.
"Frankly I am very focused on making sure that the work that I do on the federal level is going to support the leaders in the state of Hawaii and those are issues that overlap, healthcare, environmental issues, energy issues so frankly it is the people who decide who they want to be governor for all of the races," said Hirono.
"I've supported Governor Ige in his reelection," said Mayor Caldwell. "And I did it because we have a very good working relationship with him and the City and County of Honolulu are linked like this in so many different areas."
"He's a real partner and so that relationship will even improve longer," Caldwell continued. "As you know someone better and build trust you can expand and even do more and I'm hoping that we have that opportunity for the next two years of my term and for the city the next few years under Ige whoever the next Mayor is."