Rep. Mark Takai is a congressional candidate in 2014
Rep. Mark Takai is a congressional candidate in 2014
Rep. Mark Takai is a congressional candidate in 2014

SUBMITTED BY TAKAI FOR CONGRESS – HONOLULU  – State Rep. Mark Takai has raised significantly more money than his opponent during recent weeks in the race for Hawaii’s FirstCongressional District. The Democrat has surged in the final weeks of the campaign by raising a reported $200,833.00 in the first 15 days of October.

“Our campaign has been about three things: protecting social security, fighting for tax cuts for Hawaii’s working families, and ensuring equal pay for equal work. Those are the values we need in Washington D.C. and Hawaii’s families know that,”Takai said.

Takai, a State Representative from Aiea and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has credited his grassroots support for his success thus far. Out of the 405 donations Takai received, over half, 275 (68 percent), were less than $200, with 80 percent coming from Hawaii residents.

“I am encouraged and extremely grateful for every ounce of support. Strong fundraising enables us to communicate our vision, but it also funds our volunteer phone bankers, signwavers, and canvassers who reach every single voter,” Takai said.

With only 12 days until Election Day, momentum continues to build behind the Democrat. Recent polling has shown him closing the gap as voters begin casting ballots by mail and at early voting sites.

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