Former Congressman Charles Djou is officially in the running for Hawaii’s First Congressional District.
The Republican filed his nomination papers at the Hawaii Office of Elections Monday morning.
The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who will challenge Sen. Brian Schatz as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in August’s primary election.
“I’m very concerned, as I think a lot of Hawaii residents are, that after 60 years of one party rule, we see our cost of living ever increasing, too many young people are leaving Hawaii in search of jobs, and too many of our kupuna are worried about living on a fixed income,” Djou said. “I want to make sure we start balancing our budgets and stop throwing so much debt on our children. I’m going to work hard to expand trade so we create new jobs here in our community.”
In 2010, Djou served six months as a U.S. Representative after winning a special election to fill current Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s seat. He lost to Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the November general election.
So far, Djou’s only competitor in the Republican primary is Georgia resident Stanley Allan Levene. The primary takes place August 9.
The race is expected to be a crowded one for Democrats with candidates including State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Council members Ikaika Anderson, Joey Manahan and Stanley Chang, and human rights activist Kathryn Xian.