City councilman announces bid for Congress

File photo of Joey Manahan

The race for Congress is getting crowded as another candidate throws his hat into the ring.

Honolulu city councilman Joey Manahan announced he will be running for the first district seat being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Manahan says he’s been thinking about it for some time.

“The American Dream is what led my mother to bring me to the U.S. from the Philippines when I was just ten years old. This country gave us opportunities we otherwise would not have had and I’m so grateful for that,” said Manahan. “But today, too many Hawaiians feel that dream slipping through their fingers. We need leaders in Congress who understand what it takes to ensure that every person living in this great nation has the chance to succeed.”

He’ll join a long list of candidates vying for that seat, including fellow councilmembers Ikaika Anderson and Stanley Chang, state senators Will Espero, Donna Mercado Kim, state Rep. Mark Takai and Kathryn Xian.

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