Former US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa begins run for Congress

HONOLULU (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has begun the process in Hawaii to run for the congressional seat that will be left vacant by U.S. Rep. Mark Takai.

The Hawaii Office of Elections said Hanabusa was issued nomination papers on Thursday. That’s the first step candidates take when running for office.

Hanabusa served in the U.S. House from 2011 until 2015. She gave up her seat to run for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s Senate seat, but she lost to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Hanabusa now serves as chairman of the board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

Takai recently announced he would not seek re-election to Congress because he’s battling cancer.

Hanabusa did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

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