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Congressman Takai Will Not Seek Re-Election as Cancer Battle Continues

May 19, 2016, 12:18 PM HST
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Mark Takai. House of Representatives photo.

Mark Takai. House of Representatives photo.

Congressman Mark Takai will not be running for re-election in November.

The Congressman made the announcement on Thursday, stating that his battle with pancreatic cancer has spread and his focus is “on getting better rather than getting re-elected.”

After the announcement, Congressman Takai released the following statement:

“It has been my greatest privilege to serve the people of Hawai’i for the past 20 years. As your Congressman, I made it my mission to always put Hawaii and her people first.

“In life, we often make plans for ourselves. I had envisioned a long career in the U.S. House of Representatives, building up the seniority and influence that were key to Senator Inouye’s ability to deliver for Hawai’i. But, as often happens, we find ourselves on a different journey than what we had planned.

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“When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, my family and I resolved to fight it head-on and with deep personal faith. Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads. I had truly hoped to aggressively fight this cancer while seeking re-election, but I recently learned that my cancer has spread.

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“Putting Hawai’i and its people first means that I must regretfully withdraw from my 2016 re-election race for Congress and suspend my campaign. Right now, for the sake of my family, I need to focus on getting better rather than getting re-elected.

“Although I will not be running for re-election, I intend to serve out the remainder of my term in Congress. There is still much work that I am determined to see through for Hawai’i and our nation over the next few months.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, and supporters for their unwavering love and support. My time in public service has been an incredible journey, all made possible by my wife Sami, my children, Matthew and Kaila, my parents, siblings, and the many individuals who are family to me, either by blood, or by kinship.

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“To my supporters, I say a heartfelt ‘Mahalo!’ You have been the foundation upon which my 20-plus years of public service has been built. Thank you for your love, friendship, and continued prayers.”

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