Today, on my first day after formally leaving Congress, I filed my nomination papers for Governor.
In my 19 years in the U.S. Congress, I put my entire focus on representing the people of Hawaii. I worked hard to get along with my colleagues, no matter their party affiliation or viewpoint, because I knew these relationships would help my constituents at home.
Now, I am focusing my four decades of experience in public service into becoming the people’s Governor. I am more energized, more determined and more committed than ever.
The single biggest issue of our campaign is restoring people’s trust in government. In my conversations with people across the state, it is clear that we are losing confidence in our ability to tackle the long-term economic, social, and environmental challenges that face our islands. We’re going to turn this around.
Our campaign is going to listen to people and their concerns, respect everyone’s opinions, including those with different views, and bring in new voices and talent to change the status quo.
Please join me this Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m., for the grand opening of our campaign headquarters at Ward Warehouse. The opening was originally planned for this past Saturday, but was postponed due to the tsunami warning. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 589-2237. I hope to meet you soon.