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Senate President Kim announces run for Congress

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:19 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2013

State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is running for Congress.

Kim, a Democrat, is seeking the First Congressional District seat, representing urban Honolulu, now held by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Kim made the announcement Wednesday at Iolani Palace.

She has been in elected office for 31 years, including serving as chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means and Tourism committees. She was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1982 and served on the Honolulu City Council from 1985 until 2000, when she was elected to the Senate.

Kim also chaired a Senate committee looking into the loss of $200,000 by the University of Hawaii Athletic Department in a failed attempt to put on a Stevie Wonder concert as a fundraiser for UH athletics.

Kim does not have to resign her state Senate seat, representing Kalihi Valley, Moanalua and Haleiwa, to run for Congress. Her term expires in 2016.

Kim joins state Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, activist Kathryn Xian, and Honolulu City Councilmen Stanley Chang and Ikaika Anderson in the primary.

"The stalemate in Congress is impacting all of us. We need strong representatives on Capitol Hill who understand our local and state government, who is unafraid to hold government accountable, who has asked the hard questions and yet still able to coalesce with others to get things done," Kim said in a news release.

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nonpolitic wrote:
I'm sorry, but is it just me that gets disconcerted by the problems with subject/verb agreement in material quoted from the press release? I mean shouldn't someone who is running for such a powerful office be, at a minimum, able to write well?
on November 6,2013 | 09:35AM
mishtah wrote:
Absolutely. It is absurd. She has the English ability of the average third grader in Seoul. She is also a media hound, and she pushed inappropriately to get her son into the UH Law School. Among many other problems. Putting Donna in D.C. makes even less sense than making Norman UH's football coach.
on November 6,2013 | 10:57AM
1local wrote:
will Kim be like the four monkeys from Hawaii who support the liar and lover of illegals?
on November 6,2013 | 11:44AM
Nevadan wrote:
Yeah, big deal. What she proposes to do in congress are more important.
on November 6,2013 | 11:06AM
nonpolitic wrote:
Oops! I meant to say "is it just me who gets disconcerted . . . " My bad.
on November 6,2013 | 01:23PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
She was caught abusing the power of her current office with UH. Why would voters want to give her a higher office to commit the same type of abuse of power? She's a career politician and corrupt as can be due to democratic control of the state for the last 60 years. ALL Hawaii's democratic party leaders are corrupt - monopoly business owners and the unions own them, she is no exception.
on November 6,2013 | 04:04PM
AhiPoke wrote:
On one hand I think hanabusa is worhtless. On the other hand I also don't have a very high opinion of kim. Both are party slugs. hanabusa has used her positions to better her personal finances. kim has no other skills other than sitting before a camera to grandstand.
on November 6,2013 | 09:37AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Donna Kim will win easiily. Donna Mercado Kim Education: BA, Washington State University, 1974 Attended, University of Hawaii, 1970-1972 Political Experience President, Hawaii State Senate, 2012-present Senator, Hawaii State Senate, 2000-present Candidate, United States Senate, 2012 Vice President, Hawaii State Senate, 2003-2008, 2011-2012 Honolulu City Council, 1985-2000 Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 1982-1985 Vice President, Hawaii State Senate .................. Professional Experience Fellowship, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Member, Board of Directors, Bank of America Hawaii Representative, Communications Sales Radio Talk Show Co-Host, Equaltime KHNR Radio Representative, Hotel Catering Sales Representative Director, Public Relations, KUMU Radio Trained Facilitator, The Pacific Institute Recreation Director Small Business Executive Director
on November 6,2013 | 12:41PM
false wrote:
Not if many of us can help it.
on November 6,2013 | 03:06PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
ALL the democratic party leaders in Hawaii are corrupt - big business and unions own them.
on November 6,2013 | 04:06PM
HD36 wrote:
Yes, especially the public unions.
on November 6,2013 | 05:29PM
allie wrote:
Donna does not get my vote. She treated a lot of people to abuse and arrogance. She was never as smart or competent as she claimed but she did intimidate a lot of folks. Glad she is gone.
on November 6,2013 | 09:37AM
nonpolitic wrote:
allie, as a point of clarification, Ms. Kim won't be "gone" simply because she's announced that she is running for federal office. She has a "safe" state senate seat. If she doesn't win the primary election for the CD1 seat, she'll still be a state senator for two more years.
on November 6,2013 | 10:00AM
Oahuan wrote:
Finally someone I can vote for.
on November 6,2013 | 09:51AM
false wrote:
Of course you got to be kidding? Right? If not heavens forbid. Please see your doctor.
on November 6,2013 | 11:18AM
Mediocrates wrote:
After just voting against Gay Marriage she is going to run as a democrat for congress. ROFL! I am not officially in favor of closed primary elections.
on November 6,2013 | 09:57AM
Venus1 wrote:
ABK..... Anyone but Kim!!! Anyone.....
on November 6,2013 | 10:06AM
serious wrote:
Venus1---be careful what you say or your son won't get into UH law school!!
on November 6,2013 | 10:33AM
false wrote:
LOL Truer words were never spoken.
on November 6,2013 | 10:41AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Terrific - another knee jerk Democratic robot bellies up to the bar. .I'm sure she'll make a huge difference :>)
on November 6,2013 | 11:00AM
false wrote:
This is certainly pathetic.
on November 6,2013 | 11:17AM
BaxterCooper wrote:
"Kim does not have to resign her state Senate seat, representing Kalihi Valley, Moanalua and Haleiwa..." - Wow SA, she represents a BIG district...LOL
on November 6,2013 | 11:35AM
kennie1933 wrote:
I didn't notice that....Haha! Haleiwa to Kalihi...wow!
on November 6,2013 | 11:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
Halawa = Haleiwa to the SA. Bad reporting and editing.
on November 6,2013 | 12:17PM
mcc wrote:
She gets my vote, look who she is running against. She is a winner!
on November 6,2013 | 11:43AM
false wrote:
She must have made a call to law school for your kid too.
on November 6,2013 | 03:07PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I'll vote for the only one who isn't a career politician - Xian.
on November 6,2013 | 04:08PM
fiveo wrote:
Boy, we are in a sorry state of affairs giving the kind of politicians now going for the brass ring in Washington Senator Kim is all flash and nothing else. Just another career politician looking to move up to the big time and boku bucks.
on November 6,2013 | 01:04PM
sukebesan wrote:
She's not much better than Hanabutta and she won't be able to grandstand in D.C.
on November 6,2013 | 01:17PM
kiragirl wrote:
She has my vote!
on November 6,2013 | 01:29PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As a general rule I don't like politicians who make a run for office without having skin in the game. If she runs and loses she falls back on the nice cushy job she has now. If she wins she gets more tax paid goodies. No downside. I like when a politician risks his/her income to chase a job because it shows commitment and willingness to put the bigger issues ahead of the safe paycheck.
on November 6,2013 | 01:52PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
She has nothing to lose and everything to gain - that so true.
on November 6,2013 | 04:09PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Same politician that called Greenwood directly trying to pull strings for her son. I hope all of you don't forget that.
on November 6,2013 | 04:33PM
HD36 wrote:
Another career politician like Mizuno.
on November 6,2013 | 05:27PM
MWF3 wrote:
on November 6,2013 | 08:22PM
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