HONOLULU - State Representative Andria Tupola (R - 43) told Island News Saturday, she will be running for governor. The West Side lawmaker says this is the first time she's confirmed this in traditional media. 

Tupola says her priorities are quality of life, cost of living, and education. She says she's running for higher office because "I'm definitely running for governor because even though I got involved to make a difference in my community in Waianae, the bigger issue is that I ran for office to make Hawaii a better place."

Tupola will make her official public announcement at an event on Saturday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 91-1180 Midway St. in Kapolei. Details on https://www.facebook.com/events/518997311820643/.