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Hanabusa Planning Primary Challenge to Hawaii Governor
Democrat giving up safe seat for second time to seek higher office

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is planning to file papers to run for governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa hasn’t been back in Congress for long  — and now she’s planning to leave to once again to run for higher office.

The congresswoman on Friday announced her plans to launch a primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Dave Ige. Her decision to not run for re-election in the 1st District will open up a safe Democratic seat that Hillary Clinton carried by more than 30 points last fall. 

Democratic Ex-Rep. Hanabusa Takes Back Hawaii's 1st District Seat
Wins seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Mark Takai

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is headed back to Congress after winning her race in Hawaii's 1st District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa had not planned to run for Congress again.

That changed when 1st District Democratic Rep. Mark Takai died in July, creating an open seat. After losing a Senate bid in 2014, it appeared that Hanabusa’s run in Washington was over, but a landslide victory earlier this year in a seven-way Democratic primary changed that.

Hawaii's Mark Takai Will Not Seek Re-Election
Democratic lawmaker says his cancer has spread

Takai announced Thursday his cancer had spread. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Democrat Mark Takai announced Thursday evening he would not seek re-election in November.  

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer  late last year. He said in a statement Thursday that he had recently learned his cancer had spread.