The Hawaii gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 to elect the next
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. The winning candidates served a four-year term from 2010 to 2014. Incumbent
Linda Lingle was term-limited in 2010 and not eligible to run for re-election. Former congressman Neil Abercrombie was declared the winner, defeating lieutenant governor Duke Aiona. Abercrombie was sworn in as the state's seventh (and its fifth Democratic) Governor on December 6, 2010.
The winners of the 2010 lieutenant governor primary election became the
running mates of the 2010 gubernatorial nominees.
Eleven candidates ran for their political parties' nominations in the lieutenant governor primary election on September 18: seven Democrats, two Republicans, one independent, and one
Free Energy Party candidate.
Robert Bunda, 63, state legislator since 1983: State Representative from 1983 until 1994 and
Senator from 1994 until 2010; President of the Hawaiian Senate for five years. Resigned from office to run for Lieutenant Governor.
Gary Hooser, 56, former state Senator from
Kauai. Campaign based largely on support of civil unions.
Jon Riki Karamatsu, 35, state legislator first elected in 2002 to represent the
Waipahu area; chairman of the state House Judiciary Committee
Norman Sakamoto, 63, sitting state Senator first elected in 1996 to represent the
Salt Lake, and Pearl Ridge neighborhoods of
Honolulu; chairman of the state Senate Education and Housing Committee; opponent of civil unions
Brian Schatz, 37, former state legislator and former chairman of the Hawaiian Democratic Party. Resident of Honolulu.