By Derrick DePledge
State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim announced on Friday that she had raised $330,000 during the past quarter for her campaign for Congress.
Kim has the highest name recognition of the six Democrats in the primary for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District and political analysts consider her the early favorite.
Since announcing my candidacy on November 6th, the support has been overwhelming. In 7 short weeks this campaign raised $330,000 with just 5% coming from PAC’s and 5% from out of out of state. This is an indication of the kind of broad based support that I’m seeking and humbly appreciate.
The other contenders are state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, state Sen. Will Espero and activist Kathryn Xian.
Former congressman Charles Djou is considering a run in the Republican primary.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating the seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.