If City Councilman Charles Djou wins the May 22 special election to fill the 1st Congressional District seat, it will not trigger another special election.

Three candidates have already declared their intent to run for the City Council seat currently held by Djou, who will have to leave the council due to term-limits if he does not resign early to go to Congress. Djou is the front-runner in the May 22 special election to succeed Neil Abercrombie in Congress.

The election to fill the Council seat should proceed as normal as part of the November election. The primary would be Sept. 18. If none of the three get more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two would advance to the general election. In the meantime, an appointee would represent the district from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki.

According to the Honolulu City Charter, if a seat is vacated for less than one year, a special election is not necessary. The remaining City Council members have 30 days to give notice that they intend to fill a vacancy and elect a successor at a regular meeting. If they fail do so, the mayor can appoint the successor.

The candidates are Stanley P. Chang, Cameron K. Heen and Jeremy D. Low.

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