Discontent with Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s policies in the state redevelopment district of Kakaako may have contributed to his political demise in the Democratic primary last month.
Abercrombie accomplished what no other Hawaii governor had done since the district was carved out in 1976 — overseeing the addition at least another 4,500 housing units that will be built or permitted by the time he leaves office.
But many residents have criticized the governor’s influence on the state redevelopment agency in charge of Kakaako and questioned whether the area’s infrastructure is prepared for such
Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige was barely known to Hawaii voters when he trounced Gov. Neil Abercrombie last month in the biggest upset of an incumbent governor in a primary election in U.S. history.
Today, the 57 year-old Ige’s name is widely recognized here but most residents still don’t know much about him as a person or as a candidate.
They probably are unaware that he kept his parents in the dark after prestigious colleges such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepted him, and to this day he irons his own
State Sen. David Ige has won a historic victory in the Hawaii governor’s race, knocking out Gov. Neil Abercrombie in an unprecedented defeat for an incumbent governor.
Ige defeated Abercrombie 66 percent to 31 percent, according to the 3:25 a.m. results posted early Sunday.
The Associated Press called the race for Ige at about 7:45 p.m. and news outlets began declaring victory for the state senator soon after.
The governor conceded the race not long after 9 p.m.
In late April, in the final days of the Hawaii Legislature’s 2014 session, Gov. Neil Abercrombie suddenly dropped a bombshell on legislators.
The administration had brokered a deal for the state to conserve more than 600 acres of Turtle Bay Resort land that was slated for development.
There was just one problem: Abercrombie did not explain how the state would come up with the $40 million required to seal the deal.
Many legislators were shocked by the governor’s action.
While they were generally supportive of the deal for Turtle Bay on Oahu’s North Shore, they had already largely
Sen. David Ige’s bill would restore funding for DOE athletics programs.