Former state Rep. Cavasso files for U.S. Senate seat

A new candidate has entered the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Republican and former state House Representative Cam Cavasso made the official announcement Tuesday morning at the State Capitol.

Cavasso previously served three consecutive terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991, representing District 51 in Windward Oahu.

The seat is currently held by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to the office by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December 2012 after Inouye’s passing.

“I respect Dan Inouye and, when he died, it was clear to me I had to step up to resume the role of a leader in the United States Senate,” Cavasso said. “I look to bring our Senate back to the conservative values that made us strong from the beginning, and I look to the federal government to set Hawaii free and not enslave it.”

So far, Cavasso will be up against fellow Republicans Harry Joseph Friel Jr. and John Roco in the primary election August 9.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Schatz and current U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will run against Brian Evans.

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