Mark Takai

US Rep. Mark Takai will not seek re-election due to cancer

File- This Nov. 4, 2014, file photo shows Hawaii Democratic Congressional candidate, State Rep Mark Takai doing some last minute campaigning on election day in Honolulu. Takai has announced he will not seek a second term in Congress due to health problems. Takai was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. He said in a statement Thursday that he had planned to fight the cancer while running for re-election but recently learned the disease had spread. Takai says that for the sake of his family, he needs to focus on getting better instead of getting re-elected. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Takai has announced he will not seek a second term in Congress due to health problems.

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