HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is launching her campaign for Hawaii governor by criticizing the incumbent for a lack of leadership and saying the state should consider establishing safe zones for homeless people.
Hanabusa told supporters Monday that the highest levels of state government are adrift and rudderless.
Gov. David Ige welcomed his fellow Democrat into the race. He says he’s proud of his record during the last three years. He says he’s made hard, sometimes unpopular decisions.
On homelessness, Hanabusa says politicians must consider solutions that may not be “politically correct,” including safe zones. She says social services could be offered at designated homeless camping areas.
Ige has opposed state-sanctioned homeless encampments, saying they’re unsafe. He has said they contradict federal housing recommendations, putting federal housing funds at risk.