GOVERNOR LINGLE VISITS THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS
News Release from www.Lingle2012.com
HONOLULU - Former two-term Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle made big news last week when she announced her run for the open U.S. Senate seat. Her high-energy election rollout included barnstorming across the neighbor islands to visit personally with voters as well as speak to specific groups. She took the opportunity to relay her decision to run, the reasons behind it as well as priority issues she will focus on if she becomes Hawaii's next U.S. Senator to enthusiastic residents on Kauai, Maui and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island.
A video of the neighbor island visits can be viewed on YouTube. Click here to view.
Last Friday morning, Gov. Lingle day-tripped to Kauai to meet with residents of the Garden Isle. She stressed the need for bipartisan solutions to community leaders in a talk story session at JJ'S Broiler in Lihue. One of her top priorities is the need to stimulate the economy and stimulate job growth. To protect the economy, as U.S. Senator, Gov. Lingle intends to promote a law mandating a Jobs Impact Statement to accompany any new federal law or rule, to assess its impact on jobs for Americans.
On Saturday, the former Governor started off at the Kona Community Aquatic Center where she cheered on fellow swimmers. From there she was able to make a sweet stop at the 9th Annual Kona Chocolate Festival & Symposium at the Keauhou Beach Resort, a well-attended event that showcases Big Island delicacies and an important segment of the island's agricultural economy. She ended the day in West Hawaii by attending the Big Island Interscholastic Federation championship football game. She was introduced to the crowd at halftime of the game won by Konawaena High School.
Then on Sunday it was off to the other side of the Big Island, to the UH Hilo annual Health Fair, where she talked about national health care issues and the need to protect Medicare for our kupuna. She also stopped in at the 13th Annual Taste of Hilo, an event the benefits Hawaii Community College.
On Monday, she visited her home county of Maui, meeting and talking story with seniors at the Wailuku Senior Center. On the island where she once was a two-term Mayor and five-term County Council member, Gov. Lingle also spent time talking to the Maui Chamber of Commerce, stressing to them her bipartisan approach to leadership, and that as Hawaii's U.S. Senator, she would continue to put the interests of the people of Hawaii ahead of any political party's agenda. She also spoke about the importance of tourism to Hawaii and the nation's economy, stating that she would like to raise the topic to a level of prominence in the U.S. Senate by serving as the point person for tourism. On her trip to the Valley Isle, she also visited with students, teachers and administrators at Kihei Charter School, Hawaii's only STEM-focused school with an innovative approach to public education that Gov. Lingle has long supported.
Governor Linda Lingle has always paid special attention to neighbor island residents, ensuring their important issues were heard and understood in the state capitol. She was the first neighbor island mayor to be elected Governor. As Senator, she will ensure all the islands have a strong voice in Washington, D.C.