HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three people have already announced that they were planning to run for Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat, left vacant by his run for office.
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa announced in October that she would enter the race. Hanabusa last made a bid for Congress in 2006, going for the US House seat left vacant by Ed Case. She also ran for office when a seat was left empty by the death of Patsy Mink.
Ed Case was the winner in that race. He initially started serving in congress in 2002, to fill the remaining term. Voters kept him in for the next two terms. Case stepped down to vy for Senator Daniel Akaka's seat in 2006.
Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou made his announcement while meeting with people and members of the National Republican Party in Washington, DC. But he first mentioned a run at capitol hill in 2008, in a fundraising letter to supporters.
He first joined the council, by running for John Henry Felix's seat in 2002.