HONOLULU (AP) - Now that Tulsi Gabbard has won the Democratic primary for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat, she has resigned from her position as a Honolulu city councilwoman.
Gabbard resigned Thursday and will face Republican Kawika Crowley in the Nov. 6 general election for the seat representing suburban and rural Oahu, along with Neighbor Islands.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the timing of her resignation allows the city to hold a special election to replace her on Nov. 6, rather than through a separate, mail-in vote.
Gabbard says a mail-in election would have cost up to $150,000.
She said she decided to resign immediately to allow candidates to file nomination papers before general election ballots are printed.
She was in her second year of a four-year term representing Makiki to Aiea Heights.