By B.J. Reyes
As reported, Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard today announced her plans to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono. Hirono is running to replace U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka, who plans to retire when his terms ends next year.
Gabbard’s video announcement:
In an email message to supporters, sent today, Gabbard adds:
I want you to know that I will continue working hard and serving you on the City Council, and if you choose to send me to Congress, I will continue serving you, just in a different capacity. I feel I will be of even greater service to you in Congress, given my experience, especially with issues such as the environment, our economy, and the war.
With what’s currently happening in the Middle East, in our country, and most importantly here in Hawai’i, we need an experienced and strong leader in Washington who can make the tough decisions. Having deployed twice to the Middle East, served 2 years in the US Senate with Senator Akaka, assisting him with issues such as energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran affairs, being elected as a State legislator and City Councilmember, as well as my work with my environmental non-profit, I am well-equipped to take on these challenges, and am confident that I will serve you well.