Hirono: 'I am definitely running for re-election to the US Senate'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, announced Tuesday that she is "definitely" running for re-election in 2018.

She said in an interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise that there's still "lots to do."

"Every vote matters," Hirono said, in regards to the agenda in Congress. "When the Republicans try to get rid of the Affordable Care Act … we stop that with one vote."

Last May, Hirono was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer.

Hirono told Hawaii News Now on Tuesday that she is still undergoing immunotherapy -- a type of cutting-edge treatment that uses the body's own immune system to help fight cancer – but she is feeling strong.

Last year, she wrote in a statement, "Having cancer sucks, but I know that there are people in our country facing major health issues every single day."

Hirono, who was elected to the Senate in 2012, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump in recent months, even calling for his resignation in light of sexual misconduct allegations.

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