HONOLULU -- The announcement by Rep. Ed
Case to for go re-election to the U.S. House for a chance at
the Senate has sparked a flurry of political activity. A number
of politicians are now throwing their names into the race for
State Sen. Ron Menor walked to the federal building with his
wife, Patricia, to announce on Friday that he will run for Case's
seat. Menor ran unsuccessfully against Patsy Mink for the same
congressional seat 15 years ago.
"I think the primary aspect that separates me from the
others is my extensive legislative experience combined with
the fact that I have a proven record of accomplishment,"
Kauai Sen. Gary Hooser officially announced his campaign as
well on Friday. He appeared with a new hairstyle and had shaved
"I believe living in the second congressional district
for the last 26 years gives me a certain understanding that
the other candidates may lack," he said.
Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, who ran unsuccessfully in 2002 after
Mink died, is making a second congressional bid.
"I believe I am the most viable candidate because the 2nd
Congressional District has issues very similar to what I face
in my 21st Senatorial District," she said.
Hanabusa, Hooser and Menor are half way through their Senate
terms. So, even if they lose, they can return after to their
House Rep. Brian Schatz, 33, is the youngest candidate so far.
"I think I represent the best part of a new team,"
Former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono said she will run for the congressional
seat for sure. She plans to make an official announcement at
a later time.
Others considering a run for the office include Honolulu
council members Nestor Garcia and Charles Djou and former Councilman
Mike Gabbard, a Republican.