Tulsi Gabbard has stepped down from the Honolulu City Council as she campaigns for U.S. Congress in the general election. Already several high-profile candidates have said they will run for her council seat, and many more who say they're thinking about it.
The 10-day filing window is expected to start with a council proclamation Aug 22.
Gabbard says she's saving taxpayers at least $150,000 by resigning early enough to have the special-election vote to fill the seat coincide with the general election. Asked if leaving means she's sure she'll win Congress in November.
“People will say what they will say,” Gabbard said. “All I can speak is for my own intent, and I'm resigning today to make sure that taxpayers are not saddled with the cost of the special election.”
Her Republican opponent weighed in on his come-from-behind odds citing Gabbard’s own primary race.
"There was this lady in the Congressional race called Tulsi Gabbard -- nobody knew who she was, and look what happened. David and Goliath all over again, but this time I'm the David and she's the pretty goliath."
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