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Abercrombie, Ige meet in Democratic gubernatorial debate

June 24, 2014 - 2:32pm

HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is meeting state Sen. David Ige in a Democratic primary debate Tuesday as both candidates campaign to be Hawaii’s governor.

The candidates were scheduled to meet at a lunchtime forum at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

The candidates plan to talk about the state’s economy, the cost of living, education and other issues as they discuss their views, chamber officials said.

Ige is hoping to stop Abercrombie from earning a second term.

The debate comes as two other candidates outside the party are expected to be part of the race in November. Republican James “Duke” Aiona, a previous lieutenant governor who lost handily to Abercrombie in 2010, is running again. And former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is running as a member of the Independent Party.

Abercrombie has been touting his leadership during an economic recession as he took office in early 2011. He says the state’s economy has improved since then.

Ige’s campaign says he is looking to build on his record as a state lawmaker on issues including education, technology and legislative reform to make the government more accountable.