Last updated 10 p.m. With five districts up for election and two incumbents term-limited out, it’s guaranteed the Honolulu City Council will have a new make-up in 2013.
Not all the races will be decided during the Saturday primary, as there are more than two candidates in several of the races. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, however, that person will win the seat.
Even though there’s a chance for a lot of turnover this election, it appears that the city’s hottest issue — the $5.26 billion rail project — isn’t something the council candidates want to douse.
In fact, there are only three candidates of the 14 who filled out Civil Beat surveys who oppose rail. Two of those are incumbents Tom Berg and Ann Kobayashi. Kobayashi and her opponent, Jim Hayes, will both go on to the general election in November.
What this means is that even if former Gov. Ben Cayetano does win the Honolulu mayor’s race, he will have a pro-rail council to deal with as he attempts to kill the project.
In one of the more hotly contested council races, it appears incumbent Tom Berg may be fighting for his seat all the way til November.
Pine is a Republican state representative and Kahele a union lobbyist.
Kahele collected about $20,000 in contributions since the beginning of the year. Much of that came from labor groups. He has nearly $11,000 in cash heading into the November election, according to his last campaign finance filing.
Pine brought in about $67,000 since the beginning of the year — $20,000 of which came from a personal loan — and is about $400 in debt.
Berg won the District 1 seat during a 14-person special election in 2010, capturing 18 percent of the vote. He replaced former Council Chair Todd Apo, who took a job working for Disney’s Aulani resort.
It shouldn’t be too hard for whomever takes over the seat to be more of a force on the council than Berg. While Berg has been passionate about issues — particularly the Honolulu’s $5.26 billion rail project — he has struggled to gain the support of his peers on resolutions and ordinances he proposed.
He further alienated himself from his colleagues during a recent committee meeting in which police were called to Honolulu Hale as a precaution. Berg could now face disciplinary action from the council as a result.
Santiago is the executive director of the nonprofit PHOCUSED, which specializes in advocacy for impoverished and underserved individuals. Much of its focus is on health and human services.
Santiago brought in just over $25,000 since beginning of the year, and has a surplus of $2,500 heading into the general election, according to his most recent campaign finance report. xx
District 1 includes much of west Oahu, including Ewa, Kapolei, Ko’Olina, Nanakuli and Waianae.
There was no surprise in District 3 where incumbent Ikaika Anderson appeared to be handily re-elected with about 64 percent of the vote.
Anderson outdistanced challengers, Deborah Bossley and Chad Kaukani, a 29-year-old neighborhood board member.
One of the more interesting aspects of this race involved Anderson’s campaign finances. Since the beginning of the year, Anderson brought in about $95,500 in contributions and spent $92,600.
His main opponent Kaukani, however, only brought in $372.35. He spent the same amount.
Bossley did not file any financial disclosure reports.
District 3 includes Waimanalo, Kailua and most of Kaneohe.
With all precincts reporting, Joey Manahan appeared to have won the seat with 51 percent of the vote. Challenger Martin Han was a distant second with 25 percent of the vote.
Manahan will take over for Romy Cachola, who is term-limited.
Manahan is the current vice speaker of the Hawaii House. He raised nearly $115,000 for the election, which is more than any other Honolulu City Council candidate. He also spent nearly $95,000. That’s more than any other candidate raised.
Han is a newcomer to politics. He’s a 27-year-old sales manager, who has also been the director of the nonprofit Kupuna and Keiki Services. He collected about 25 percent of the vote.
This race got some attention when the Campaign Spending Commission looked into Manahan’s expenditures. His filings showed he had spent nearly $30,000 on food and drinks during the first half of 2012.
Lillian Hong was the third candidate in the race.
District 7 includes Kapalama, Sand Island, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Hickam and Pearl Harbor.
With all precincts reporting, former state Sen. Ron Menor appeared to have won District 9 outright. He had 49.6 percent of the vote at the end of the evening, but when considering the blank or invalid votes his share jumped to 55.5 percent.
Assuming those results stand, Menor will take over outgoing Council member Nestor Garcia’s position.
Sy Cullen, a 26-year-old junior high teacher at St. Joseph School, was a distant second, with 24.1 percent of the vote.
Menor, an attorney, was the most recognizable candidate in this race. He served more than two decades in the state House and Senate before losing in the 2008 Democratic primary to Michelle Kidani. That same year, Menor served two days in jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The other candidates in the District 9 race included Inam Rahman and Vaiuli Sua.
District 9 covers the areas of Waikele, Waipahu and Mililani Town.