2018 primary endorsements III

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. As with all editorials, opinions in this space have no effect on news coverage by the paper.)

The primary election is Saturday. In the races discussed below, the top vote getter in each party will advance to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Colleen Hanabusa for governor

Colleen Hanabusa has been a leader and role model in Hawaii politics for two decades. Beginning with her election to the state Senate from District 21 in 2008, Hanabusa’s political life has been filled with dizzying highs and dismal lows.

All in all, though, the highs have vastly outweighed the lows. She had a spectacular run in the state Senate, rising to become first female Senate majority leader and then the first female president of that body.

She lost races for U.S. Congress to Ed Case and Mazie Hirono before winning the seat for Hawaii’s 1st U.S. Congressional District, serving from 2011 to 2015. She was Sen. Daniel Inouye’s choice to succeed him when he died in 2012, but Gov. Neil Abercrombie chose then-Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz instead. Hanabusa lost a primary challenge to Schatz in 2014. She returned to the House with a victory in the 2016 election.

Now, she is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. David Ige. Hanabusa is the poster child for resiliency. She also has a keen intellect and, as mentioned above, is a role model for young women thinking about entering politics. Hard work has paid off for her and she will make a good governor.

Others recommendations:

Josh Green for lieutenant governor

We admit we have an ulterior motive for supporting the Big Island doctor — we’d like to see whoever is elected governor appoint Green to head up a task force for recruiting, and retaining, doctors for Hawaii. It is a particularly vexing problem for the Neighbor Islands and Dr. Green is uniquely suited to lead the way to a solution.

Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate

Although we believe she will cruise to victory in November, we’d point out that our senator is increasingly viewed as an expert in Washington. Television news networks seek her opinions on a wide variety of topics. She is a good senator — and also a fine person.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.