Gabbard will run to retain House seat

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced Wednesday that she will seek re-election to her 2nd Congressional District House seat.

The 2nd Congressional District includes Maui County.

“Today, I launched my campaign for re-election,” said Gabbard in a news release. “There is still much work to be done. I know that by bringing people together in the spirit of aloha, striving to be servant leaders, we will create positive change by working to strengthen our economy, get people back to work, and care for our kupuna.”

Some of the highlights of her first term that she cited include:

* Introducing and leading the effort to pass the Helping Heroes Fly Act that improves airport security screenings for severely wounded veterans. The act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in August.

* Led the effort to pass a measure to reinstate the Native Hawaiian Education Act to increase student achievement and opportunity among Native Hawaiian children.

* Successfully added a provision to the farm bill that will help Hawaii’s coffee farmers and protect them from the destructive coffee berry borer.

* Fought for justice for servicemen and -women who have been victims of sexual assault while serving, bringing about changes to increase accountability, transparency and justice.

* Spoke out against the overreach of the National Security Agency and its data collection on Americans and sponsored legislation to bring reforms to protect privacy and civil liberties without sacrificing national security.