Sen. Jill Tokuda (D- Kaneohe) entered the race for Lieutenant Governor. She made the announcement at a campaign event at Honolulu YWCA Wednesday evening. 

"I have seen firsthand the opportunities and the challenges that one faces in the Lieutenant Governor's office," said Tokuda. 

Before getting elected to the state senate in 2006, Tokuda was an aide in the Lieutenant Governor's office under Mazie Hirono. Hirono, now a US Senator, already endorsed Tokuda. 

"Senator Hirono is very much like family, we've been through a lot of tough times together, a lot of high moments as well," said Tokuda, "so it means a lot to me, to have her on my side." 

Tokuda's announcement comes just a few months after getting ousted as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. 

"I always look at life in terms of glass half full, and making sure that you look at the opportunities that lie ahead," said Tokuda. 

Also looking ahead, Kathryn Matayoshi, a long-time friend and former Hawaii schools superintendent, who also endorsed Tokuda. 

"I've really seen her grow as a leader, I admire her passion, I admire her commitment and her integrity," said Tokuda. 

Matayoshi is just one of many supporters who commend Tokuda for her ability to be a problem solver. 

"I think her biggest contribution to the executive branch will be her style of working with people to solve problems," said Randy Moore, another supporter.  

Tokuda is not the only candidate with her eye on the 5th floor at the State Capitol. Senator Josh Green and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa are also running for Lieutenant Governor. Senator Will Espero also has an exploratory committee to consider a run. 

"I think it's very important that we have strong leadership in the executive branch, and the lieutenant governor can be a very key advocate and ally in the executive," said Tokuda.

The gubernatorial election takes place November 6, 2018.