HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho has announced he will run for lieutenant governor of Hawaii in 2018.
Carvalho’s announcement on Wednesday at the state capitol adds him to a field of four others. His current opponents are Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Democrat senators Will Espero, Joshua Green and Jill Tokuda.
Carvalho has been Kauai’s mayor for a decade — the longest term in the island’s history — but he’s termed out.
Carvalho played football at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before being drafted to the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins in 1983. He played two seasons in the league before returning home and marrying his wife.
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He has been employed by the County of Kauai since 1985.
The current lieutenant governor, Shan Tsutsui, announced Monday he will not be seeking reelection.
Carvalho said his main goal would be to connect the people of Hawaii.
“Overall I will work closely and bring people together as a team,” Carvalho said. “That’s done by asking the right questions. … People are frustrated that things aren’t moving fast enough. I’ll be that bridge.”
Kauai council members Derek Kawakami and Mel Rapozo have announced they are running to replace Carvalho.