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Schatz, Hanabusa to apply for Senate seat vacancy


Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz states, “No one can take the place of Senator Inouye, and we all continue to mourn his loss. On Dec. 28, the Democratic Party of Hawaii will meet and decide upon three names for the governor to consider for appointment to the U.S Senate. I will apply to be considered for this vacancy. I hope to make the case to the State Central Committee members that I should be one of the three names that the Governor will ultimately consider.”

Schatz said he will not offer public comment until the conclusion of the memorials for Sen. Daniel Inouye this weekend.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa also has announced plans to apply for the job. Inouye, in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said his last wish was for Hanabusa to succeed him.

Also, Tony Gill, chairman of Oahu Democrats and a labor attorney, has applied and state Sen. Will Espero (D, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) has said he will apply.

Abercrombie will choose Inouye’s replacement from a list of thee candidates sent to him by the state Democratic party. The party’s central committee plans to meet Dec. 28.

The deadline for applications is Monday.

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