It’s difficult not to joke about all the clowns in local politics, but professional funny guy Augie T. is seriously thinking about running for the Honolulu City Council.

Augie Tulba has scheduled a fundraiser next month at the FilCom Center in Waipahu. Tickets start at $60 and run as high as $1,000 for a VIP table of 10.

Augie Tulba.

Jack James, who is handling campaign duties for Tulba, confirms that Tulba is exploring a candidacy for the District 9 seat, where Ron Menor is term-limited in 2020.

The seat includes Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point and parts of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach.

“Augie has been a comedian for 27 years, and for well over half that time he has been involved in community and public service,” said James, who has been active in local GOP politics.

Tulba, 51, is a grandson of early Filipino immigrants.

In addition to his entertainment work, his public service work — according to a press release — includes time in the administrations of former Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, “where he led youth outreach initiatives around Hawaii Island and statewide.”

Tulba, who has never before run for office, points to a professional career that “has spanned Hawaii’s largest industries: service, hospitality, health care, and public service. He worked as a newspaper boy, lei greeter, sushi and donut delivery boy, fast food cashier, wine store delivery man, and in laundry, facilities, food service, and as a mailroom supervisor at Kapiolani Medical Center before pursuing a career in entertainment full-time.”

Other island funny guys Frank De Lima and Andy Bumatai are scheduled to appear at the Oct. 18 fundraiser.

Next year is a big year for Honolulu politics: In addition to the mayor’s office, five of the nine council seats are open, as is the city prosecutor’s office.

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