HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - She's running.
Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has committed to seek Congressman Mark Takai's seat, sources confirm.
Earlier this month, Takai announced he will not seek re-election so that he can instead focus on fighting cancer.
Political pundits say that if Hanabusa runs for the seat, she'll likely face a small group of contenders.
Potential candidates must not only size up their own chances, but do so in relation to the heavyweights.
Several days ago, Hawaii News Now broke the story that Hanabusa was thinking about a potential run.
The former congresswoman served four years in the U.S. House and lost a very close U.S. Senate race against Brian Schatz two years ago.
If elected, her prior years' seniority would put her higher in the congressional pecking order than other candidates.
This week, state Sen. Brickwood Galluteria and former lawmaker Lei Ahu Isa pulled nomination papers, also signaling possible runs.