State Sen. Will Espero, who on Sunday announced his Democratic campaign for Congress, has a political safety net in the event his campaign does not work out.
Espero was among the dozen senators who were given full four-year terms after the post-reapportionment elections last year, so his Senate term is not up until 2016.
Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, the other declared candidate in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District, will have no fallback because his council term is up in 2014.
Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who is considering a campaign for Congress, has a council term that is up in 2016.
And state Rep. K. Mark Takai, another potential contender, has a House term that is up in 2014.