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Takai, Anderson entering the race for Hanabusa's seat in Congress

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:29 a.m. HST, Aug 08, 2013

Two more Democrats are joining the race for Congress.

State Rep. Mark Takai and City Councilman Ikaika Anderson said Wednesday they are running for the seat in the First Congressional District representing urban Oahu.

Takai, 46, is foregoing reelection to his seat in the Halawa-Aiea-Newtown House district, where he has served since first winning election in 1994.

“I have 19 years in the Legislature and I think I have a great record of representing our community and our state in areas that I think people care near and dear -- education, higher ed, military, the economy and job creation,” Takai said today in announcing his decision. “Those are things that i focused on in my career in the Legislature and I think my record shows that if I can continue some of those issues at the federal level it will make a great difference.”

Takai, a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has served in the House since first winning election in 1994. A former House vice speaker, Takai currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Veterans, Military and International Affairs,  Culture and the Arts.

Anderson, 35, is in the second year of his first full term on the Council and is not required to resign to run for Congress.

He won a special election in 2009 to fill the vacancy in District 3 (Wai­ma­nalo-Kai­lua-Kaneohe) left by the death of Barbara Marshall, for whom he worked as a legislative aide.

He scheduled a news conference Thursday to formally announce his bid.

Both join a Democratic primary field that already includes City Councilman Stanley Chang and state Sen. Will Espero (D, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point).

Candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

No Republicans have declared a run for the seat.

Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz for his seat in the Senate to fill out the remaining two years in the term of U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, who died in December.

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localguy wrote:
This is great news. We will have fresh blood in Colleen's old seat and she will be easily defeated in her attempt for a new job, finally sending her into retirement. YESSS!!!
on August 7,2013 | 02:36PM
allie wrote:
Takai seems to be a decent guy..much better than Hanabuttah that is for sure
on August 7,2013 | 03:07PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Clearly you know nothing about either.
on August 7,2013 | 03:37PM
allie wrote:
do too!
on August 7,2013 | 04:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
because your professor told you?
on August 7,2013 | 10:26PM
itoboy wrote:
localguy: I agree with you. We definitely don't need Hanabusa in there. Did you see the article about her deputy chief of staff violating federal campaign spending laws by coordinating her campaign with an independent expenditure effort by the drug companies? Definitely calls into doubt Hanabusa's ethics.
on August 7,2013 | 04:25PM
poipoo wrote:
He overstepped his limited authority and has now quit. You'll have to come up with something else now.
on August 7,2013 | 08:00PM
itoboy wrote:
I don't have to come up with anything. Hanabusa's questionable ethics will spawn further controversy. She already has a long list of ethical lapses. Even assuming she had nothing to do with her deputy's "overstepping his authority", which is a very generous assumption, she's the captain of her office and responsible for her staff. Her failure to own up to what could be a violation of federal campaign spending laws by her deputy, the highest staffer in her DC office, indicates a lack of commitment to basic ethics and good judgment, which is unacceptable to me as a constituent. I shamefully regret that I voted for her over Ed Case and Charles Djou. As our rep., she owes an explanation and apology to the people she represents.
on August 7,2013 | 09:29PM
yourname wrote:
Kyle Mark Takai
on August 7,2013 | 02:38PM
gth wrote:
I'm Japanese 3rd generation. Now-a-days ethnicticity does not matter. It's the candidate. I will probalby vote for "youth". Hanabusa is pushing too much Inouye, not Hanabusa.
on August 7,2013 | 02:53PM
allie wrote:
Hanabuttah is too old but it is her lack of judgment and ethics that we deplore
on August 7,2013 | 03:08PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sounds a little like you
on August 7,2013 | 03:26PM
allie wrote:
on August 7,2013 | 04:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
truth hurts
on August 7,2013 | 10:26PM
itoboy wrote:
gth: Agreed - except Hanabusa doesn't have much to push, especially with all the articles all over this paper and the Washington Post how her office may have violated campaign spending laws by coordinating her campaign with an independent expenditure effort by the drug companies. Even if the FEC complaint against Hanabusa is ultimately dismissed, it shows the lack of ethics and respect for the law. We need leaders with good judgment and character.
on August 7,2013 | 04:44PM
kiragirl wrote:
Not required to resign but he should to seek another office and not fulfill his obligations to the present position.
on August 7,2013 | 03:52PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Agreed. He should resign, and so should any others if they are seeking a different office. There is no "risk" for them if they lose, so it seems ambition gets in the way of them doing the ethical thing, especially since they don't "have" to.
on August 8,2013 | 06:30AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
Tulsi resigned to run for congress, so should Ikaika.
on August 8,2013 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
WHen is the muf-ster going to announce?
on August 7,2013 | 03:55PM
allie wrote:
he is hiding out in shame over his ethical lapses and poor judgment. Losing to a young first timer like Gabbard showed that his machine was done.
on August 7,2013 | 04:07PM
george702 wrote:
Who is Mark Takai??? I distinctly remember someone who went by K. Mark Takai. When did he drop the initial? Did he finally get the memo it's lame to put an initial before your first name. He's used that since his University of Hawaii day and most of his political career. Never trust someone who has the initial before the name. See H. Ross Perot and L. Ron Hubbard as examples.
on August 7,2013 | 04:10PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
ABH - Anybody but Hanabutta!!
on August 7,2013 | 04:20PM
Mediocrates wrote:
Lt. Col. in the Hawaii Army National Guard, oh please. Rank is administered solely by how long you've been collecting pay checks. With Takai in, the Republicans might actually win the Democratic primary by voting for this uber social conservative.
on August 7,2013 | 04:25PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
wrong. the way the military works, if you cannot make it past major, you're gone. it's a pretty big deal to be a lt. colonel. plus, i think he's fiscal conservative and social liberal. and speaking about repubs, Charles Djou is a major in the army reserves.
on August 8,2013 | 03:32PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I don't like any of the candidates, 2 democratic career politicians and 2 ambitious newby councilmen. I would rather see republican Charles Djou elected and I've never voted for a republican.
on August 7,2013 | 07:42PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
I agree-they all seem like they're in it for their OWN agenda, not for the people of the State.
on August 7,2013 | 08:30PM
danji wrote:
Takai being in the National Guard are you exempt from going in wars zones since you're a legislature? If so then you must have opted out going to war zone when units of the Guard have been deployed right?? If I am right please do not list you position in the guard cause if you did opt ou from deployment then you shouldn't be proud of being a Lt. Col.
on August 8,2013 | 04:38AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
dan, try go back and re-read the article. "In 2009, he served seven months in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a base support officer at Camp Patriot, Kuwait Naval Base."
on August 8,2013 | 03:36PM
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