Stacy Higa, a Hawaii Island nonprofit executive, said Sunday that he will run for mayor.

“This campaign will be different from other campaigns,” said Higa in a press release. “Coronavirus 2019 may have disrupted our way of life, but we will not let it change the ‘soul’ of our community.”

Stacy Higa

The Hilo native and graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus is a former county councilman, which included a stint as chair.

He is currently the executive director of Na Leo TV, the island’s public access station.

A total of 18 candidates have pulled papers to run for Big Island mayor as of Friday.

They include current County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, current councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder, former county councilman Kelly Greenwell and tour operator and social media phenom Ikaika Marzo.

Incumbent Harry Kim has not said whether he will seek another term.

The deadline to file to run is June 2.

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