For Tulsi Gabbard, Serving Hawaii Means Leaving City Council Early

Just six months after she won a Honolulu City Council election, Tulsi Gabbard is running for Congress.

If she wins, her departure from the City Council will lead to a special election that, based on recent history, would likely cost taxpayers around $170,000.

Late Wednesday night, Gabbard announced her plans to run for the seat Congresswoman Mazie Hirono is vacating. Hirono is running for Sen. Daniel Akaka's post.

Gabbard doesn't have to resign to run, so if she loses, she can continue to serve on the council for the remainder of her four-year term, and possibly another four-year term after that.

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