Democratic Party to choose 3 to replace Inouye

Finalists will be given to Gov. Abercrombie for final decision

Published  6:45 AM HST Dec 26, 2012
HONOLULU -

More than 70 members of the Hawaii Democratic Party's state central committee are expected to choose three people Wednesday as possible replacements for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye on Capitol Hill.

Those names will be passed on to Gov. Neil Abercrombie who will make the final decision.

Abercrombie will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. to announce the appointment.  KITV.com will cover the news conference live.

Sen. Inouye had said that it was his wish that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa succeed him in the senate.

Others that have expressed interest in Inouye's seat include Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, former congressman Ed Case, Department of Land and Natural Resources Deputy Director Esther Kia'aina, attorney Tony Gill, and state senators Will Espero and Donna Mercado Kim.

Whomever Abercrombie chooses to replace Inouye will serve in the Senate until 2014.  That's when voters go to the polls to decide on a replacement for Inouye until the end of his term in 2016.

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