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Hawaii US House candidates square off in first debate of special election

Former US Rep. Ed Case Former US Rep. Ed Case
Honolulu City Council member Charles Djou Honolulu City Council member Charles Djou
Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first debate for the six candidates running for Neil Abercrombie's congressional seat was held Monday night. The 90 minute debate was held at the Hawaii Public Radio studios in Honolulu.

The three main candidates, Republican Charles Djou and Democrats Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa, all made strong cases for why they should be elected to Hawaii's first congressional district seat.

Former Congressman, Ed Case talked about his experience, "This election is about Washington DC but it is also about Hawaii. I'm the only candidate that takes seven years of experience in both areas into this election."

Honolulu City Council member Charles Djou said Congress needs fixing, " I understand that the US Congress is taking our nation in the wrong direction - and spending money like there's no tomorrow - we need to change the direction."

Colleen Hanabusa agrees, "We are face a very difficult time as a nation and here in Hawaii, from education to the economy. I believe I have a the best skills to address these issues."

All six candidates, including the three lesser known candidates, Rafael Del Castillo, Charles Amsterdam and Philmund Lee answered question about health care reform, education and the national debt.

This is just the first of several congressional debates to come over the next couple of months before the mail-in special election on May 22nd.

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