Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee enters Lt Gov race


HONOLULU — Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee has announced he will run for lieutenant governor, challenging incumbent Shan Tsutsui in the primary.

The Democrat who represents Kaneohe made the announcement Sunday.

Hee serves as chairman of the Judiciary and Labor Committee. He has been a strong advocate for raising the minimum wage.

This isn’t Hee’s first time running for lieutenant governor. He ran unsuccessfully in 2002. Before that, Hee served as a state representative from 1982-1984 and as a state senator from 1984-1988. He also served in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 1990-2002.

Hee says he will aim to make Hawaii a better place to live, work and visit.

He has focused on helping the working poor, preserving open spaces and addressing Hawaiian issues.