Soon after announcing that she plans to run for President, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Kailua) has drawn a serious Democratic challenger for her congressional seat. State Sen. Kai Kahele (D-Hilo) announced that he will run for the 2nd District House seat whether or not Ms. Gabbard seeks re-election in 2020. Under Hawaii law, an individual can simultaneously run for President and another office.
Mr. Kahele was originally appointed to the state Senate when his father, veteran state legislator Gil Kahele, passed away. Kai Kahele then won the Democratic nomination later in 2016, and the general election in November of that year. This potential contest could well become a serious political challenge.
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