Kaniela Saito Ing will hold a press conference to officially announce his 2018 candidacy for higher office according to a media release sent Sunday.
The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, November 6 at Morning Glass Coffee in Honolulu.
According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, Ing’s camp filed a “statement of organization” to form “Kaniela Ing for Congress.”
The announcement is expected to be for CD-01, Congressional District 1 which is located entirely on the island of Oahu, encompassing the urban areas of the island. The seat is expected to be vacated by current Congresswoman Collen Hanabusa who has already announced her intent to run for Hawai`i Governor.
Ing’s announcement leaves his current seat up for grabs in the State House representing the 11th House District (South Maui: Kihei, Wailea, Makena).
Ing was among the few elected officials to publicly endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Presidential Primary. He later campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the general election. Ing has been actively involved in the anti-Trump “resistance” movement in Hawai`i and has developed his political profile successfully fighting for progressive issues like same-day voter registration, marriage equality, and curtailing the influence of money in politics.
Of all the candidates interested in his race, Ing has the strongest record on women’s health, LGBTQ equality, criminal justice reform, and other progressive issues.
Ing will be announcing a “bold progressive” platform that includes equal pay for women, single-payer healthcare-for-all, tuition-free college, universal basic income, criminal justice reform, 100% renewable energy nationwide and putting an end to big money corruption in politics.