Lingle officially enters race for US Senate

HONOLULU (AP) - Former Gov. Linda Lingle is officially a candidate to succeed outgoing U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Lingle's campaign said she filed federal election papers in downtown Honolulu on Thursday.

The 59-year-old will compete for the Republican nomination against attorney John Carroll.

U.S. Rep. Maize Hirono and former congressman Ed Case are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Lingle's campaign says she told supporters the election is about which candidate has experience working with others in a bipartisan fashion to make good things happen for the people of Hawaii.

She says she worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle when she served as governor. She's citing her work on the Kukui Gardens affordable housing project, the Akaka bill and energy independence as examples.

Akaka is not running for re-election. He is 87.

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