Congressional candidates participate in forum


We’re now exactly six weeks away from the November 4th General Election.

Tuesday night, the two candidates vying for the Congressional District 1 seat participated in a forum at The Plaza Club in Downtown Honolulu.

Republican Charles Djou and Democrat Mark Takai are both hoping to represent Hawaii in Congress by filling the seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa.

At Tuesday night’s forum, they spoke about their stance on issues like tourism, military spending, the war on ISIS, and what they feel should be the top fiscal and economic priority of Congress.

“I believe government today needs to work on ways of developing a bigger, broader economy, we need to look at ways to assist the state of Hawaii in our efforts to focus on research and innovation,” said Mark Takai, (D) for Congress.

“You have my word that if I am privileged to earn your support to be your next Congressman, the very first piece of legislation that I will co-sponsor and advocate is the balanced budget amendment,” said Charles Djou, (R) for Congress.

The two also had a chance to ask each other questions.

Djou asked Takai about taxes, and Takai asked Djou about American corporations re-locating overseas.

After the Congressional forum, the candidates for Governor also met up for a forum of their own.

There will be quite a number of forums and debates leading up to the General Election, including a gubernatorial debate that KHON2 is hosting with AARP on October 7th.

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