Matsunaga will run statewide
By Lynda Arakawa
Advertiser Capitol Bureau
Democratic state Sen. Matt Matsunaga announced yesterday that he will run for lieutenant governor, saying he would work on promoting the high-technology industry in Hawai'i and help the governor work with the Legislature.
"I'm offering the voters the strongest possible commitment that I will do everything possible to restore trust, integrity and ethics in state government," said Matsunaga, D-9th (Wai'alae, Palolo).
Matsunaga, who formerly headed the Senate Economic Development and Judiciary committees, said he would use his experience in the Legislature to strengthen and diversify the economy. He also cited his experience in the private sector as an attorney and certified public accountant.
"I'm hoping that we can really find a niche in our high-tech industry, things that not only build upon our bread and butter industry of tourism but also expand it so we're not so shocked by outside events such as 9/11," he said.
Other Democrats running for lieutenant governor are Board of Education member Donna Ikeda and state Sen. Ron Menor.