WASHINGTON — Add former Vice President Joe Biden to the list of Democrats who have endorsed Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele for U.S. Congress.

Kahele’s campaign announced Biden’s backing Tuesday.

Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking at to the National Associate of Counties national meeting at Washington Marriot Wardman Park. 23 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Former Vice President Joe Biden, seen here in 2015, wants to see Kai Kahele in Congress. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biden is just one of many politicians who have thrown their support behind Kahele, who is running for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, which represents rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Kahele last month. He also has the support of the majority of Hawaii’s federal delegation, including U.S. senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono and Congressman Ed Case.

Kahele announced his bid for Congress shortly after U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard launched her presidential campaign. Gabbard ultimately decided against running for reelection after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for president.

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