Generation Dan

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

When Mufi Hannemann first ran for the U.S. Congress — in 1986 — Tulsi Gabbard was just 5 years old.

Hannemann, 58, is running a third time for Congress this year. But polls show he's in a tight race with the Honolulu Council member and former legislator, who is just 31.

Hannemann is not the only candidate in their late 50s or early 60s running for high office in 2012. Contests for the U.S. House and Senate and Honolulu mayor are dominated by major political figures of that generation seeking to advance their careers.

Call them Generation Dan — a crop of leaders that have been waiting in the wings until either Daniel K. Inouye or Daniel Akaka leaves office.

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