HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson announced Thursday that he is entering the race to represent Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.
The democrat says he will focus on improving economic opportunities for Hawaii's working families, and protecting Social Security and Medicare for retirees.
"As a Honolulu City Council member, I've built a solid reputation as a consensuses builder," said Anderson. "Congress is broken and we need a consensus builder, a team player and a critical and creative thinker who will go to Washington and work on behalf of all of us to advocate for our island home."
Protection and sustainability of established social safety nets was also a focus of Anderson's announcement remarks.
"We owe it to our senior citizens who have sacrificed so much for all of us to ensure that they have access to affordable health care, social security, Medicare and Medicaid. And we must ensure that we provide for them, as they have provided so much for us."
Anderson has worked in government for the last 15 years, and has served two terms on the Honolulu City Council. He currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of the Council.
In May, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced 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.
Anderson is the fourth Democrat to formally announce; Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, State Senator Will Espero and Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai have all filed paperwork.