Ikaika Anderson has officially filed his paperwork to run for Congress in the First Congressional District as a Democrat.
The Honolulu City Council member is vying for the seat being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as she runs for U.S. Senate.
Anderson said if elected, he’ll push for marriage equality on the federal level and federal recognition for Native Hawaiians.
Anderson’s goal is “to give the people of Hawaii, our living class, some hope to know that we’re sending someone to Congress that’s of our working class, who understands our working class and truly wants the best for all the people of Hawaii,” he said.
So far, in Hawaii’s primary election on August 9, Anderson is set to face fellow councilmembers Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, state senators Donna Mercado Kim and Will Espero, state Rep. Mark Takai, Kathryn Xian and Richard Wanda in the Democratic race.
Candidates have until June 3 to file their paperwork.