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State GOP chair confirms Djou congressional run

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

In an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, Pat Saiki, the newly-elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, confirmed that former congressman Charles Djou will soon declare his candidacy in the upcoming election for the state's 1st Congressional District.

During her interview, which aired on Friday morning's program, Saiki also said she expected Duke Aiona to formally enter the state's gubernatorial race.

When he formally announces his candidacy, Djou will likely run for the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who has announced that she will challenge Brian Schatz for a seat in the United States Senate.

Djou, who won a special election for a seat in the 1st Congressional District in May of 2010, was defeated by Hanabusa in the general election for the same seat nearly six months later.

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