Kymberly Pine won her bid for the Honolulu City Council‘s District 1 seat in the 2012 general election.
She beat incumbent Tom Berg by more than 25 percentage points, or nearly 7,000 votes. District 1 encompasses West Oahu and the Leeward Coast.
Before taking her seat in the City Council, Pine was a Republican state representative since 2004, serving communities including Ewa Beach, where Pine resides, as well as Iroquois Point and Puuloa. Pine was the first Republican to represent that district since statehood, and is known for her advocacy against cybercrime.
Pine is Filipina and graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 2000 with a degree in English. Prior to becoming a public servant, she worked as Director of the Minority Research Office in the State House of Representatives and as a journalist.
Berg, Pine’s predecessor, worked in the Hawaii Legislature for 11 years and was at one point Pine’s ally. However, the two become adversaries in their competition over the council seat and disagreement over the Honolulu rail project and other issues.
In November 2011, City Council redistricting decisions were marred by the suggestion that Ewa Beach was divided into two districts in order to engineer competition between Berg and Pine.
- Phone: 808-689-1713
- Pine’s campaign office: P.O. Box 2635 Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706