By Derrick DePledge
Former congressman Charles Djou said on Monday that he raised $100,000 for his congressional campaign in the 100 hours since he formally announced his candidacy last Thursday.
The Republican said he does not expect to report much fundraising activity in his quarterly federal campaign-finance report, which will cover January through March, but wanted to release the figures for the first few days after his announcement to show the initial financial support he has received.
"People want a change in Hawaii and Washington politics," Djou said.
Djou won a special election for Congress in May 2010 but then lost twice to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Hanabusa is vacating urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilmen Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, state Sen. Will Espero and activist Kathryn Xian are the Democrats vying to replace Hanabusa.