Voice of Stephanie Salazar
U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has thrown her hat into the ring for the 2012 U.S. Senate race.
Hirono announced her candidacy day or so ago, running to fill the seat that will be vacated by Senator Danny Akaka.
“Two months ago,” said Hirono in a campaign message, “we learned that Senator Daniel Akaka will be retiring from the U.S. Senate at the end of his term next year, after more than three decades of distinguished public service. I know you join me in thanking Senator Akaka for everything he has done for the people of Hawaii and wishing him and his wife, Millie, the very best.”
“Since then, I’ve heard from so many people across our great state — and longtime supporters like you — encouraging me to run for his open seat. Thoughts and well-wishes have come from every island: I’m humbled and inspired by the support I’ve received from Hawaii families. So inspired that today, I am announcing my candidacy for United States Senate. We’ve fought some tough fights together in Congress. And, together, we’ll keep fighting for Hawaii in the U.S. Senate.”
Hirono already has at least one challenger for the Democratic Primary… Ed Case has also announced his intention to run for the seat.
Hirono was honored by the Hawaii Island YWCA just a few weeks ago, as the “2011 Remarkable Person” during an event in Hilo.