State Rep. Mark Takai launches congressional bid

Hawaii State Rep. Mark Takai
Hawaii State Rep. Mark Takai

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii State Rep. Mark Takai (D-Aiea) has filed paperwork to run for Congress in Hawaii's First Congressional District.

Takai has served nearly two decades as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives.

"Throughout my career, I've never had a lot of patience for partisanship and gridlock and

I've always looked for ways to work across the aisle to find the tough answers to our most difficult, shared challenges. Congress is in desperate need of people who are willing to work together for the country's good."

Takai, recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, also served overseas as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

"Hawaii needs the next generation of leaders who have the vision and the needed experience to step up for our state's working families. This has been my top priority at state level throughout my career in public service and I can think of no higher calling than to continue to fight for working families and the preservation of the American dream in our nation's capitol," said Takai.

In May, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced in a seven-paragraph letter on her web site that she'll run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Hanabusa will challenge Sen. Brian Schatz, who holds the seat once held by long term Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang and State Senator Will Espero have also entered the race, Councilman Ikaika Anderson is reportedly considering a bid.

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