Candidate vies for Congress

Washington D.C. is in need of a serious shakeup, says 30-year-old Tulsi Gabbard.

"It's impossible to be effective if you don't listen to the people back home," said the Democratic candidate for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. She spoke during a Talk Story session in Pahoa on Friday evening as she closed out a week-long visit to the Big Island. The relatively young Gabbard faces a challenging race against the strong name recognition of Mufi Hannemann to fill the seat vacated by Mazie Hirono in her bid for the U.S. Senate.

But while Hannemann is a formidable opponent, Gabbard said Friday she would bring her campaign at him head-on, visiting with as many Hawaii residents as possible and finding out "what I can do to best represent their needs."

The above is an excerpt from Hawaii Tribune Herald - read the full article here.