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Former Honolulu Council Chair Ikaika Anderson is running for lieutenant governor

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Casey Harlow
Ikaika Anderson announces his run for Hawaiʻi lieutenant governor on Oct. 12, 2021.

Former Honolulu City Council Chair Ikaika Anderson is officially running for lieutenant governor.

He announced his candidacy Tuesday at Kailua Beach Park with former Gov. Neil Abercrombie and former Councilmember Ann Kobayashi as his campaign chairs.

Anderson said he’s running for the position because the state is “crying out” for quick, decisive leadership.

"I’m not here to critique, or to criticize, anyone in state government today for their decision-making ability. What I’m saying is that my record speaks for itself," Anderson said. "Sometimes people don’t agree with the decisions I make, or that I have made, and I’m comfortable with that. But what I would never have, and what I will never have, as lieutenant governor is the people of this state be left hanging because I could not make a decision. That will never happen."

Last week, former state Senator Jill Tokuda also announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor.

Tokuda finished behind current Lt. Gov. Josh Green in the 2018 election. Gov. David Ige is term-limited in next year’s gubernatorial election, and Green is running for that office.

Former First Lady Vicky Cayetano and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell have also said they are running for governor.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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