Candidates have started filing to run in the special election that will determine who serves the remaining two months left on the late Congressman Mark Takai’s term in office.
The election will be held Nov. 8 in conjunction with the general election. The special will decide who serves from Nov. 8 to Jan. 3, and the general will determine who serves the full two-year term starting Jan. 3.
Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, whom Democrats overwhelmingly chose to be their party’s nominee in the primary election Saturday, has filed to run in the special election, as has fellow Democrat Howard Kim.
Also filing to run in the special election are Republican Shirlene Ostrov, who ran unopposed in the primary, Libertarian Alan Yim and nonpartisan candidate Yvonne Pieper Perry, according to the latest filings posted Tuesday by the state Elections Office.
The race is to represent the 1st Congressional District, which covers Honolulu and its suburbs.
“I am running in this special election because I believe I have the legislative experience and relationships in Congress to ensure Hawaii’s values and interests are protected in the upcoming lame-duck session,” Hanabusa said in a statement.
“If Hillary Clinton is elected President, which I believe she will be, the Republican-controlled House and Senate may be motivated to take action on a range of legislation before she takes office,” she said. “I will be ready to fight any irresponsible policy decisions from Day One.”
The Elections Office will be providing daily updates of who has filed to run in the special election until the close of the candidate filing at 4:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
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