After the Nov. 2 general election is final, the new councilmembers will join Ikaika Anderson of District 3; Ann Kobayashi, who represents District 5; and Romy Cachola of District 7. District 1’s representative, Council Chair Todd Apo, announced at the end of August that he would resign Nov. 8 to take a job as Disney’s director of public affairs for Hawaii.
His departure will add a fifth opening to the non-partisan, nine-member council and will require Honolulu to hold a special election.
The new council members will be paid $52,446 per year, with the chair getting $58,596.
You can also view the responses from each of the candidates to 10 questions Civil Beat asked them prior to the election.
A recap of each district race follows:
White received 7,078 votes, or 37.6 percent, and will face off against Martin, who got 5,728 votes, or 30.4 percent.
Ben Shafer came last in the race, taking 1,709 votes, or 9.1 percent.
The winner in November will represent what is essentially north Oahu.
Both Martin and White were the clear financial front-runners throughout the race. Through September 3, White had raised $153,000, versus $66,000 for Martin. Shafer never filed any campaign contributions.
White will be a proponent for rail on the council, if elected. Regarding trash, he says Honolulu needs to “make our trash work for us by focusing on short-term actions like increasing recycling and expanding waste to energy.”
Martin also supports rail and says that to, “Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the three most important strategies to addressing our solid waste issues.”
Chang came first in the primary, taking 9,465 votes, or 34.5 percent, and Turbin came second with 8,777 votes, or 32.0 percent.
Chang and Turbin will face off in November to represent southeast Honolulu.
From the beginning, financially speaking, the race was always between the two leaders.
Civil Beat reported on the large amounts both candidates were able to raise since January. By Sept. 3, Turbin had collected more than $193,000 and Chang, almost $140,000.
Turbin alone had raised more than all of the other candidates in his district combined, including Chang.
“We got a lot of votes and I am one of two in the runoff here,” Turbin said. “It’s gonna be neck-and-neck.”
Turbin believed that his experience will make the difference over Chang before the Nov. 2 election.
“Now we can really focus on distinguishing the candidates,” Turbin said. “When push comes to shove, I don’t think people are going to want somebody who really needs their learners permit to know how the city is running.”
Chang was uplifted by the results. He said, “I’m so humbled that so many people came out to support us and I think what it shows is that a lot of people worked very, very, very hard on this campaign and the message has been spreading, the message for a fresh vision.”
Tamayo was the front-runner, taking 6,088 votes, or 27.1 percent. The runner-up was Moepono, who got 3,706 votes, or 16.5 percent.
Whoever takes the general will represent what is essentially downtown Honolulu.
Before the primary, there were no obvious front-runners in the race but Lavoie and Moepono led financially entering the final weeks of the campaign.
Lavoie had raised about $41,000 and Moepono, almost $35,000. Moepono’s fundraising took off between July 1 and September 3, when she took in about $31,000.
But money, it appears, wasn’t a huge factor in this race.
Tamayo said that she was “feeling very thankful” Saturday night. “It’s a great night and it’s looking like we’re going to have a runoff election. There’s much work to be done and we’re going to continue what we’ve been doing and going out and listening to people in our district and hearing our concerns and sharing a little bit about who I am.”
Harimoto ran uncontested for the central Oahu district.
Harimoto is a supporter of rail. He told Civil Beat that “the decision on rail has been made” and that the council must direct its energy to “the conversations about how to ensure that it is done right and that it will be successful.”
Harimoto emphasizes sustainability and youth and elderly services as areas he will focus on over the next four years.
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