By Derrick DePledge
Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson has raised $163,000 for his Democratic primary campaign for Congress, his campaign announced Saturday.
The quarterly campaign finance reports, which cover fundraising from July through September, are due on Tuesday. Anderson formally declared his candidacy in early August.
"We are grateful and appreciative of the support we’ve received in the first few weeks since announcing our candidacy,” Anderson said in a statement. “The dysfunction taking place in Washington, D.C., only affirms the importance of letting Hawaii’s people decide between the tired politics and politicians who have been in office too long, or a new approach, with someone who can be trusted to bring people together and get things done for Hawaii and our country.”
The other Democrats vying for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District are state Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, and activist Kathryn Xian. State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim has also shown interest in the primary.