Hanabusa to vacate HART board chair position before general election

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board of directors will have another vacancy soon.

Chairwoman Colleen Hanabusa says she’ll likely leave her seat before November’s general election.

The former Congresswoman is looking to reclaim her seat as Representative of Hawaii’s First Congressional District.

Previously, Hanabusa had no time frame, but said she would stay on as long as she could balance the two jobs effectively.

That view changed Thursday.

“I anticipate I will be gone before the general election,” Hanabusa said. “Damien (Kim, board vice-chair) will be interim until the next board meeting, but know that it’s always the board’s decision as to who will be its chair.”

Hanabusa is running in two elections: a special election to fill late Congressman Mark Takai’s seat until January, and also the main race for the seat’s two-year term.

Both take place Nov. 8.

Fellow board member, Mike Formby, resigned Thursday to serve as the authority’s interim executive director and CEO.

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