Honolulu will have five new City Council members on Jan. 2.
The council chair cited family reasons for his decision to step down, effective Sept. 23, just a few months before his final term ends.
The diverse pool of candidates includes those with backgrounds in management, education, government, construction and activism.
Voters in District 5 will choose from a recent community activist, a seasoned political veteran or a longtime legislative staffer.
Former state Rep. Andria Tupola has a huge financial advantage over a trio of first-time council candidates running to disrupt politics-as-usual in District 1.
A council meeting improperly included a last-minute resolution about the use of Honolulu police resources during the Mauna Kea protests.
The Honolulu City Council will consider a bill lifting Oahu’s minimum parking requirements — and let developers decide how much parking their buildings need.