Kim becomes newest candidate for CongressUPDATED 8:29 AM HST Nov 06, 2013Video Transcript
A longtime local politician is expected to throw her hat into the ring in the race for congress. KITV4's Ryan Kalei Tsuji joins us LIVE from the Hawaii State Capitol with details on the latest candidate in an already crowded field. Ryan Jill Later today, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is expected formally announce that she plans on running for that 1st congressional seat. Kim will NOT have to step down from her current seat in the Hawaii Senate to run. Kim will hold a press conference later today at Iolani palace, making her the 6th democratic candidate in that field. The first congressional district represents urban Oahu and is being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa is taking on current US Senator Brian Schatz in the democratic primary. Kim has been serving in local government for the past 31 years and has never lost a race since first being elected back in 1982. She enters the race with the endorsement of the IBEW local 1260, a union representing 3,300 electrical workers in Hawaii and Guam. In a statement released this morning, Kim says she's unafraid to hold the government accountable and is ready to ask the hard questions. Last year, Kim lead a Senate committee that investigated the failed Stevie Wonder Concert and questioned UH officials about their handling of the situation. Now as we mentioned, Kim is not alone in the race for congress. And coming up in our next half hour of KITV4 Morning News, we take a look at the other democrats who are looking to make the move to DC.