Sen. Donna Mercado Kim announced Wednesday that she is running for the seat in the First Congressional District representing urban Oahu, which is being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Kim has served for 31 years in state government.
"I have had the privilege to serve on the Honolulu City Council, in the state House of Representatives, the State Senate as Senate President; with this experience comes a perspective that I want to take to Washington D.C. on behalf of the people of Hawaii. It is with my son and grandchildren in mind that I have been passionate and unwavering in my public service. It is my goal to turn over to them a better state and better union," said Kim.
Kim, a Kalihi resident and Farrington High graduate, has never lost a race since she was first elected in 1982.
Before being elected Senate President, Kim was Vice President and served as the chair of the Ways and Means and Tourism committees. Kim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, Honolulu City Council in 1985 and the State Senate in 2000.
Kim is the sixth candidate that is vying for Hanabusa's seat in Congress. She joins Sen. Will Espero and Rep. K. Mark Takai along with city council members Ikaika Anderson and Stanley Chang, and community activist Kathryn Xian. All of the candidates so far are Democrats.
Hanabusa is challenging Sen. Brian Schatz for the Senate seat he currently holds on Capitol Hill, which was the seat held by longtime Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye.