Warner "Kimo" Sutton, who was the co-chair of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's presidential campaign in Hawaii in 2012, said he is running in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.
Sutton said he would bring a "balance" to the GOP ticket that Elwin Ahu, a former state judge and senior pastor at New Hope Metro who is the leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, would not.
Former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, who lost to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2010, is the Republican contender for governor.
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and state Sen. Clayton Hee are competing in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Sutton was passing out hastily arranged fliers and working the room at the state GOP convention on Saturday in Kaneohe.