HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Congressman Ed Case announced today that he will challenge fellow Democrat Daniel Akaka for his U.S. Senate seat.
Case said neither of Hawaii's long-term senators will be able to serve indefinitely.
He said at a news conference in Honolulu that the transition requires that voters phase in the next generation to provide continuity. The 81-year-old Akaka already has indicated he will run for re-election for a fourth term this year, and no Republican challenger has emerged.
If both men stay in the race, they will face off in the state primary election on September 23rd.
The 53-year-old Case was elected to Congress in a special election in 2002 to fill the seat vacated with the death ofCongresswoman Patsy Mink.
He was later elected to serve a full term when the late congresswoman was re-elected.