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Gabbard gives up her Honolulu council seat

August 17, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - Now that Tulsi Gabbard has won the Democratic primary for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat, she has resigned from her position as a Honolulu city councilwoman.

Gabbard resigned Thursday and will face Republican Kawika Crowley in the Nov. 6 general election for the seat representing suburban and rural Oahu, along with Neighbor Islands.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the timing of her resignation allows the city to hold a special election to replace her on Nov. 6, rather than through a separate, mail-in vote.

Gabbard says a mail-in election would have cost up to $150,000.

She said she decided to resign immediately to allow candidates to file nomination papers before general election ballots are printed.

She was in her second year of a four-year term representing Makiki to Aiea Heights.



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