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Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard applies for open Senate seat

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard announced Monday that she has entered her name into consideration for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Gabbard made the announcement with the following statement:

"In the military, I learned that 'leadership' means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments. Senator Inouye did that as a young man, and he inspired a generation of young soldiers like me. Now it is our responsibility to step up, for the good of Hawai`i. In that spirit, I place my name into consideration for the seat he filled so ably."

She joins a growing list of Democrats vying for the seat:  Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, U.S. Congressman Ed Case, deputy director at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Esther Kiaaina, State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, and State Sen. Will Espero.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will choose Inouye's replacement from a list of three candidates sent to him by the state Democratic Party. He is expected to announce the appointee on Wednesday. 

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