Note: Part of a series of video interviews with 2010 Congressional candidates who stop by the Roll Call offices. Over the course of the next year, we will feature interviews from as many top races as possible.
Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou is the lone Republican running in a special election on May 22 for Hawaii's 1st district, formerly held by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D).
Abercrombie resigned in late February to focus on his gubernatorial bid, setting up an unusual winner-take-all election. That could bode well for Djou, who is expected to benefit if the two Democrats, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, split the vote.
Djou also serves as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, is an attorney specializing in business law and teaches at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law.
Abercrombie had held the seat since 1990, and only one Republican, former Rep. Pat Saiki, has ever held the heavily leaning Democratic district.
- Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call
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