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Former First Lady Vicky Cayetano Announces Run for Governor

Vicky Cayetano Campaign

Hawaiʻi’s former First Lady Vicky Cayetano announced Monday she has entered the 2022 race for governor.

The businesswoman is the president and CEO of the United Laundry Company — specializing in services in the hospitality and health care sectors.

Cayetano’s campaign focuses largely on pandemic recovery and environmental challenges including climate change and sustainable tourism.

"Between COVID-19 and an uncertain post-pandemic future, coupled with the urgency to address climate change, more accurately to describe it as climate collapse, in addition to all the other important issues... We need leadership that is not afraid to face these challenges. Leadership that is capable of thinking innovatively defines resolutions to these problems," she said at the virtual press conference.

Her husband, Ben Cayetano, was governor from 1994 to 2002.

Vicky Cayetano joins Lieutenant Governor Josh Green and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell as gubernatorial candidates in 2022.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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