Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann has announced he will run for governor.
Hannemann will run under the newly formed Hawaii Independent Party.
“The one consistent theme that has emerged from talking story is that people are frustrated and disappointed with our government and definitely feel we deserve better,” Hannemann said in a statement. “In particular, they’ve told me that four years ago, the current state administration vowed a ‘New Day,’ filled with words of hope and optimism. But the reality is that people are still waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.”
The Hawaii Independent Party was officially certified as a political party earlier this year. It’s led by co-chair Charmaine Tavares, the former Mayor of Maui, and Maui realtor Michelle del Rosario.
The last time an independent party had a major impact in the race for Governor and Lt. Governor was back in 1994, when then Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi and the Ambassador of Aloha, Danny Kaleikini formed the Best Party. That year, they came in second, the Demcrats came in first, and the Republicans, third.
The official deadline for candidates to file for office is June 3.