If you’re looking for a sign that Republicans’ message of fiscal responsibility and government accountability will win this November and Democrats will struggle to defend their reckless agenda, look no further than Obama's home district in Hawaii. In the very-blue first district, a rising-star Republican candidate is leading two Democrats in a peculiar and enthralling three-way, vote-by-mail special election to fill the vacancy left by Congressman Neil Abercrombie. Often referred to as the next Scott Brown, Republican Charles Djou’s appeal extends beyond the island into the mainland as he’s garnered possibly the most national attention. Fiscal conservative Djou is the only candidate who lives in Hawaii’s First Congressional District and is facing two Democrats – a former Congressman from the second district Ed Case and State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.
Hawaii’s first district includes the capitol city of Honolulu. It was represented by Republican Congresswoman Pat Saiki from 1987 to 1991. In 2008, President Obama won the district with 70% of the vote. However, in 2004, President Bush received 47%, underscoring the competitive nature of the seat and the opportunity for a Republican upset in the special election.
Currently a Honolulu City Councilman, Djou previously served in the Hawaii State Legislature as a Representative and Minority Floor Leader. He is an Army Reservist, where he holds the rank of Captain. Djou earned a business degree from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a law degree from the University of Southern California. Throughout his decade of service to Hawaii, Charles has been a strong advocate for creating jobs, fiscal responsibility and disciplined governance that prioritizes the long-term interests of the people of Hawaii.