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Hanabusa, Finnegan allowed to keep seats while campaigning

Colleen Hanabusa Colleen Hanabusa
Lynn Finnegan Lynn Finnegan

HONOLULU (AP) - Two Hawaii legislators don't have to give up their current positions as they campaign for higher office. Hawaii's "resign to run" law forces elected officials to step down before running for another state office if their terms would overlap.

Democratic Senate President Colleen Hanabusa didn't have to resign to run for Congress because Hawaii's law doesn't apply to federal races. Hanabusa would resign if she defeats Republican US Representative Charles Djou in the November 2 election, but she would keep her state Senate seat for the remaining two years of her term if she loses the congressional race.

Republican House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan didn't have to resign to run for lieutenant governor because her two-year term expires this year.

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