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Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Congress

Posted On: Aug 9, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

HONOLULU - State Sen. Kai Kahele has won the Democratic nomination to represent Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District in Saturday's primary election.
The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.
Kahele faced three opponents, none with prior elected experience. He has served in the state Senate since 2016, starting from when he was appointed to fill the remainder of his father's term after he died. He was elected for the first time later that year.
The 46-year-old is a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines and flies C-17 jets as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. He's married to a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant and has three daughters.
Once sworn in, Kahele will be the second Native Hawaiian in Congress since statehood. The first was the late Sen. Daniel Akaka, who left office in 2013.
He's an advocate of “Medicare for All” and supports the idea of a “Green New...

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