Ernie Martin

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Ernie Martin is the District 2 representative on the Honolulu City Council and served as chair of the full council from 2011 until 2017.

He cast one of four votes against a council bill to raise taxes on vehicle registrations and some city services to help fund the Rapid Transit Authority. The measure passed 5-4.

Martin, took the position after the former chair, Nestor Garcia, stepped down as part of a general reorganization of the council. He was replaced as chair by Ron Menor in January 2017.

District 2 covers Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu and a portion of Heeia.

Before joining the Council, Martin worked for the Honolulu Department of Community Services, eventually rising to the level of director.

In the Nov. 2, 2010, general election, Martin faced off against John White in a race that went down to the wire. Martin won by 48 votes, with 11,056 votes, or 42.5 percent. White received 11,008 votes, or 42.3 percent.

 
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