Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho (D) had been talking about launching a primary challenge to Gov. David Ige. With US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa already in the race, however, the path for Carvalho to upset them both becomes very narrow. Considering the new political landscape, Mr. Carvalho yesterday announced that he will run for Lt. Governor, instead. Incumbent Shan Tsutsui (D) has already announced he is not seeking re-election. But, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and three state Senators are already in the Democratic primary, thereby yielding a highly competitive nomination contest.
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