Mufi Hannemann Running for Congress

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Democratic nomination to replace Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii's Second Congressional District. Hirono is leaving her office to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Daniel Akaka will vacate when he retires in 2012.

"I believe I offer the proven leadership and experience, fresh ideas and creative solutions, and track record of bringing people together in the spirit of bipartisanship, that will enable me to serve effectively as Hawai‘i’s representative in Congress," Hannemann wrote in a statement posted to his website on Tuesday.

Arguably one of Hawaii's most ambitious politicians, Hannemann has a track record of going after what he wants until he gets it. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1986 and 1990. He also failed in an initial bid for Honolulu mayor before getting elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Despite a crushing defeat in his run for Hawaii governor last year, Hannemann appears well positioned to be a pacesetter in a race against lesser-known congressional candidates.

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