LIHUE — The Kauai Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the Governor’s Forum at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight to allow voters an opportunity to get to know the candidates better before casting their votes.
“The chamber is focusing on the Democratic Party for the primary election,” said Mark Perriello, president and CEO for the Kauai Chamber. “For sure, we’ll have Gov. Ige and Colleen Hanabusa present at the Governor’s Forum. They’ve already confirmed.”
There is also a county council candidates forum from 6 to 8:30 tonight at the Anahola Clubhouse.
There are six Democratic candidates and three Republican candidates vying for the office of governor in the primary election.
Democratic candidates in the governor’s race include Ige, Hanabusa, Ernest Carvalho, Wendell Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a, Richard Kim and Van Tanabe.
On the Republican ticket are John Carroll, Ray L’Heureux and Andria Tupola.
Jim Brewer, an educator and public access television producer, is the Green Party candidate, according to the Hawaii Politics1 website.
Selina Blackwell, Eric Link and Terrence Teruya are running as nonpartisan candidates.
Early walk-in voting started Monday and continues until Aug. 9. Aug. 4 is the deadline to request a mail ballot. The primary election is Aug. 11.