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2022 candidate interview: Jill Tokuda for Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District

Courtesy Jill Tokuda

The Conversation is interviewing leading candidates in the races for governor, lieutenant governor, and the open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Click here for the full interview schedule.

Patrick Branco, Jill Tokuda and Joe Webster are among the candidates running for the U.S. House seat left vacant as U.S. Rep. Kai Kahale drops out to run for governor. The district covers the Big Island, Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānai, Kauaʻi and non-urban Oʻahu.

Jill Tokuda represented Windward Oʻahu communities from Kāne‘ohe to Kailua in the state Senate for 12 years until 2018. The former chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee previously made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. Tokuda was considering a second run for lieutenant governor but switched to Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District after Kahele decided not to return to Washington. The Conversation spoke with Tokuda after learning she picked up the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's endorsement.

This interview aired on The Conversation on July 26, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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