Thielen Concedes, Vows to Keep Working on Energy Policy

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen
State Rep. Cynthia Thielen

by Joann Shin

KAILUA, Oahu (KHNL) - Cynthia Thielen says she may have lost to Senator Daniel Akaka, but her work is far from over.

Family and friends surrounded Thielen, moments after she conceded to Akaka.

Thielen had just six weeks to campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The Republican Party appointed her to replace Vietnam War veteran, Jerry Coffee who won the GOP primary, but withdraw because of health problems.

During her campaign, Thielen stressed the importance of energy security and working toward developing renewable energy.

She asked Senator Akaka to make these issues a priority.

"I asked him when he goes back to Washington if he would put renewable energy on the top of his list. He said he would. So I'm going to watch for those accomplishments back," said Thielen.

Thielen will resume her seat in the state House, representing Kailua and Kaneohe.