HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Republican Charles Djou opened his campaign headquarters on Sunday as he prepares to face Democrat Mark Takai in November.
Both candidates are vying for Colleen Hanabusa's Congressional District one seat.
It was a crowded race for the Democratic congressional nomination with Mark Takai coming out on top.
Although “Team Takai” toppled a total of six for the primary, he is now facing Charles Djou who has served in the position once before.
"Someone who's going to be able to go over there in Washington and start bridging that very bitter, partisan divide, that is tearing apart our country and poisoning our politics," said Djou.
Djou served in Congress for seven months from 2010 to 2011 after he won a three-way special election. He was defeated by Colleen Hanabusa in the general election for the same seat nearly six months later. Now, her seat will soon be up for grabs and the former congressman believes he has what it takes to fill the spot.
"Start working to reduce this crushing cost of living, to start creating more jobs so we stop shipping off so many young people. And we stop shifting so much of our debt to our children and our grandchildren and we give them at least a chance at the American dream," Djou said.
Nevertheless, Djou can expect a tough challenge from Democratic power-house Mark Takai.
"The Republicans control the House….regardless of who's in charge, it's always been important for us to build relationships and partnerships whether it's on the side governing or on the minority side," said Takai.
Takai has served nearly two decades as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. But he says he too is expecting a hard fought race.
“I think the biggest challenge we have is people out there, seeing how well we did in the primary and expecting an automatic win in the general and that's not how it's going to be," Takai said.
General election is on November 4th.
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