Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is running in the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District, has received the full endorsement from EMILY’s List, the interest group that promotes women in politics.
The group believes Gabbard can be more competitive than former state Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief advocate Esther Kiaaina, the other female candidate in the race.
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is considered the frontrunner in the campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who is running for Senate.
From Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List:
Tulsi Gabbard is a young, dynamic leader who will bring a fresh perspective to Congress. As an Iraq war veteran who completed two tours in the Middle East, Tulsi is the kind of leader who will fight against partisan gridlock and stand up for women and families. EMILY’s List is excited to see what a strong campaign she’s running, and we can’t wait to see her in Washington.