Up until now, there have been just four Congressional candidates vying to fill the vacancy that will be left by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa when she runs for U.S. Senate in 2014.
They include Sen. Will Espero, Rep. Mark Takai, Honolulu Council Member Ikaika Anderson, and Honolulu Council member Stanley Chang, all men, all elected officials and all Democrats.
Now Kathryn Xian has entered the race. Xian, who has never been elected to office, is nevertheless well known at the state capitol for her advocacy for human trafficking victims and her work to stop violence against women and children.
She has helped lead the effort to help child trafficking victims and labor trafficking victims here in the islands through her group, the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.
Here is more on her background from her campaign: