State Rep. Mark Takai announced Wednesday that he will be running for Congress in Hawaii's First Congressional District.
Takai made his announcement fronting the Eternal Flame, across the Hawaii State Capitol.
Takai has been a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives for nearly 20 years. He was also a Vice Speaker of the House.
"Throughout my career, I’ve never had a lot of patience for partisanship and gridlock and I’ve always looked for ways to work across the aisle to find the tough answers to our most difficult, shared challenges. Congress is in desperate need of people who are willing to work together for the country’s good," said Takai.
Takai, recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, also served overseas as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.
Takai joins Councilman Stanley Chang and State Senator Will Espero in the race for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's seat in the U.S. House. She is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Brian Schatz.
"Our fundamental differences will give voters a choice" said Espero. "My record of experience and accomplishments, progressive values, and tireless work ethic will be a key focus during this campaign."
"I welcome the opportunity for a healthy debate on the issues with Representative Mark Takai and Councilmember Ikaika Anderson in the Democratic primary for Congress," said Chang. "I look forward to working hard and reaching out to the people of the district on fighting for a better quality of life for the future of Hawaii. Now is the time for strong, fresh leadership in Washington, DC."