VoteVets, a  national veterans advocacy group, has endorsed state Rep. Mark Takai in his campaign for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

The same group helped send Tulsi Gabbard to the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2012.

“VoteVets was certainly an important contributing factor in Tulsi’s decisive victory,” said Maj Gen (Ret.) Ed Richardson, one of the co-chairmen of the Veterans for Takai.

Takai, a member of the Hawaii Army National Guardrecently received the backing of Iraq War hero and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.

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Photo: Rep. Mark Takai. (Courtesy)

—Chad Blair