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Takai joins field going for US House in Hawaii

Takai joins field going for US House in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai says he plans to join a growing field of Democrats hoping to replace Colleen Hanabusa in the U.S. House.

Takai said Wednesday he thinks 2014 presents an opportunity for new legislators who are willing to break congressional gridlock together.

Takai is the third Democrat to formally announce a bid. State Sen. Will Espero is also running, along with Stanley Chang, a Honolulu city councilman.

Another Democrat councilman, Ikaika Anderson, plans a news conference Thursday in Honolulu with family and supporters, billed as an “announcement regarding his decision to enter the race.” Anderson had previously formed a campaign committee.

Hanabusa is vacating to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a primary. Schatz was appointed to the Senate in December after longtime U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye died.


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