Hawaii: State Senate President Considers 1st District Bid

Posted July 29, 2009 at 4:54pm

State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D) recently met with Democratic officials in Washington, D.C., about running for retiring Rep. Neil Abercrombie’s (D) seat. She met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to talk about the race last week.

Hanabusa is one of several candidates who is considering running for the open seat. Former Rep. Ed Case (D), who used to represent the state’s other Congressional district, has already announced his candidacy.

Hanabusa ran for the 2nd district seat Case vacated in 2006, finishing second in the primary behind now-Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) by 844 votes.

Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou is likely to be the Republican nominee. National GOP officials are high on his candidacy, but he is still viewed as having an uphill battle in the district that favors Democrats and has re-elected Abercrombie by large margins.