State Sen. Will Espero enters Congressional race

There’s a new contender for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat.

State Sen. Will Espero (D) announced Sunday he’ll throw his hat in the ring for the seat being vacated by current Representative Colleen Hanabusa.

Sen. Espero says his more than twenty years in public service makes him a qualified candidate.

“My friends and supporters and family knew also that this was an opportunity for us and looking at the current situation, it is certainly one where we believe we can do well and if we work hard enough that we can win this race,” Sen. Espero said.

Sen. Espero doesn’t have to give up his state Senate seat in order to run, since his term expires in 2016.

He says he’s already filed his papers with the Federal Election Commission and is now looking for a location for his headquarters.

So far, Espero will face Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang in the Democratic primary.

Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang released the following statement:

“I welcome the opportunity for a healthy debate on the issues with Sen. Espero in the Democratic primary. 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.”

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