By Derrick DePledge
State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is expected to announce on Wednesday whether she will run in the Democratic primary for Congress.
Kim has scheduled an event around noon near Iolani Palace.
Kim would be the highest profile candidate in the primary to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is vacating urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
State Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, and activist Kathryn Xian are competing in the primary.