By Derrick DePledge
Former state Rep. Marilyn Lee, the only incumbent House Democrat to fall to a Republican last year, says she plans to run again in 2014.
Lee and others have blamed her loss to Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R, Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio Acres) on outreach by conservative Christian groups that were critical of Lee. But the veteran Democrat narrowly escaped defeat to a political unknown in 2010, and the district changed demographically when it was redrawn after the census.
Fukumoto has said that minority House Republicans, who joined with progressive Democrats in House Speaker Joseph Souki's leadership coalition, helped prevent same-sex marriage last session. Lee said she will not hide her support for same-sex marriage in her campaign.
"I will run again next year, and I will be up front about my support for same sex unions," Lee said in an email. "After all, who wants to go up against the march of history, or against what is the right thing to do."