Abercrombie Special Might Be Held May 22
According to a document being circulated by the State Office of Elections in Hawaii, officials are proposing May 22 for the special election to replace Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D).
When Abercrombie announced in early January that he would resign from Congress on Feb. 28 in order to focus on his bid for governor, local officials scrambled to figure out how to pay for a special election. But according to the document from the State Office of Elections, officials seem to be moving forward with scheduling the special election and accepting proposals to help organize it.
Abercrombie’s departure has also set up a potential headache for his party in the typically reliably Democratic district. Two well-known local Democrats, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, and one well-known Republican, Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, are running in the winner-take-all contest.