Gov. David Ige and the state Office of Elections issued an official proclamation Tuesday authorizing a special election, in conjunction with the Nov. 8 general election, to decide who will serve out the last two months of the unfinished term of the late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai.
The election will fill a vacancy in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, which represents urban Honolulu. Takai died July 20 of pancreatic cancer.
The winner of the special election will immediately take office to fill out Takai’s unfinished term, which ends Jan. 3, according to elections officials.
Candidate filing for the special election will start Aug. 15 and wrap up at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa confirmed Tuesday she will run in the special election. Hanabusa has already filed to run for the seat in the regular election.
Hanabusa said she will run in the special election because “I believe you’ve got to hit the ground running.” Depending on the outcome of the general election, the lame-duck session of the Congress at the end of the year might feature some critical votes, she said.
Other candidates who have filed to run for the regular election for the seat include Democrats Lei Ahu Isa, Howard Kim, Javier Ocasio, Sam Puletasi, Lei Sharsh-Davis and Steve Tataii. Shirlene Ostrov filed as a Republican; Alan Yim filed as a Libertarian; and Calvin Griffin filed as a nonpartisan candidate for the seat.