Democratic Congressional District 2 candidate Tulsi Gabbard told Civil Beat she will decide next week her future on the Honolulu City Council.
Gabbard won the Democratic nomination in Saturday’s primary after handily beating presumed early favorite Mufi Hannemann.
"I’m looking at my options now and my decision will be whatever is best for taxpayers," Gabbard said in a statement. "I hope to make the decision by next week at the latest."
If Gabbard resigns, the city would need to hold a special election. The costs of a special election, however, can be avoided if she steps down sooner rather than later because the Nov. 6 General Election ballot can be modified to include the new race to replace Gabbard.
The last time the city held a special election was in December 2010 to fill the District 1 seat that had been vacated by Todd Apo. It was estimated that the cost of that election, which was done by mail-in ballot only, was less than $170,000. Two previous special elections cost the city $170,000 and $225,000.