Espero to Announce Congressional Campaign this Summer
by Jaco Gallarde, The FilAm Metro DC
(Jaco Gallarde is a former Kiaaina campaign deputy manager and Hawaii legislative staffer.)
Come January 15, 2015, the U.S. Congress may be welcoming its first member of full Filipino heritage.
That could be the case if Hawaii State Senator Will Espero wins his primary election. Espero, a long-time Hawaii Democrat who represents one of the heaviest Filipino populations in the state, recently announced that he is seriously exploring a potential campaign for the 1st Congressional District, the seat that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will be vacating to run against U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.
“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people throughout the district, urging me to run for Congress – I’m grateful for their trust of my 25 years of public service and my experience of getting the job done in the state legislature,” said Espero, who is now serving in his third term in the Hawaii State Senate. “I care deeply about the people of Hawaii – they need an experienced leader who can advocate effectively for them in Washington, and I am taking the necessary steps in exploring a possible campaign.”…
Espero expects to announce his candidacy sometime this summer.
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