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Aiona thanks supporters

Duke Aiona issued this statement after his loss to governor-elect Neil Abercrombie during Tuesday’s General Election:


I would like to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for your support over the course of this campaign and throughout the years. We began this grassroots effort with a simple vision of doing what’s best for the people of Hawaii. We ran an honest campaign. We ran a good campaign.

Through it all, we formed a bond framed by our core principles of balance, integrity and fiscal responsibility. I believe firmly in these principles and continue to believe they are a necessary part of ensuring a brighter, more prosperous future for all of Hawaii.

Down the stretch, we showed our heart, we showed our character, and we showed our aloha spirit.

Unfortunately, in the end, we came up short, unable to combat the late swell of negative advertising from special interests and outside influences.

I congratulate our opponent on his victory, and will join all of you in supporting our next governor by working to hold our government accountable to our citizens.

Mahalo, again, for your continued engagement and involvement in moving Hawaii forward.

Aloha ke Akua,

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