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3 major Democrats run for Hawaiʻi governor, US Rep. Kahele mulls race

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HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi's race for governor has three major Democratic Party candidates to date, while a fourth is considering a run.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green officially entered the race on Thursday.

Former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and former first lady Vicky Cayetano are also running.

U.S. Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Spotlight program on Wednesday that he was giving “serious thought” to running.

Hawaiʻi's primary election is scheduled to be held Aug. 13.

Green has served as lieutenant governor since 2018 under Gov. David Ige. Before that he was a state senator representing Kona and Kaʻū. He is also an emergency room physician.

Caldwell served as mayor for eight years and as acting mayor and city managing director before that. He was also a state representative and attorney.

Cayetano is married to former Hawaiʻi Gov. Ben Cayetano. She also was CEO of United Laundry Services.

Kahele has served in Congress since 2020. Before that he was a state senator representing Hilo.

Green leads in fundraising with $1.69 million collected since the last general election. Caldwell raised $1.28 million. Cayetano brought in $825,000, including $350,000 that she loaned her campaign.

From the Republican Party, Lynn Mariano and Paul Morgan have filed papers with the Hawaiʻi Campaign Spending Commission.

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