Anti-Rail Slate for Honolulu Races?
Civil Beat- Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano won’t be the only anti-rail candidate on Honolulu ballots come Nov. 6.
There are three contested races for Honolulu City Council, and each one has a candidate who has spoken out against the $5.26 billion project.
Cayetano is running for Honolulu mayor and has vowed to kill rail if elected. He was the clear frontrunner in the Aug. 11 primary, winning 44 percent of the vote.
Initially, there were only supposed to be two anti-rail council candidates on the upcoming general election ballot — Tom Berg and Ann Kobayashi. But when Tulsi Gabbardresigned from the council last month it cleared the way for Sam Aiona.
Trio swells Council field to a baker's dozen
Honolulu Star Advertiser- A former state representative and the son of another former lawmaker are among those who have joined the ranks of candidates for the City Council's District 6 open seat.
Former state Rep. Sam Aiona, 46, served one term in the House of Representatives and is also a former chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party.
Kevin Nakasato, who turns 43 next month, is the son of former state Sen. Dennis Nakasato. The younger Nakasato is a Pauoa Valley resident and a property and casualty insurance agent.
Also joining the race Thursday was Jason Suapaia, a Punchbowl area resident.
There are now 13 candidates running for the seat representing the area from Makiki to Aiea Heights. Today is the deadline to file for the nonpartisan special election to be held in conjunction with the Nov. 6 general election.
Tulsi Gabbard resigned from the Council earlier this month after winning the Democratic primary for the 2nd District U.S. House seat, leaving two years remaining on her term.
Aiona, who lives in the Ward Avenue area, last served in the House in 1998 and has run unsuccessfully in several other elections since.
Aiona said he decided to run after not seeing anyone else opposed to the city's $5.26 billion rail project step forward.
"Voters are sending a clear message to city officials that they do not want the project, and I believe the voters from Makiki to Kalihi deserve an opportunity to voice their opinion at the ballot box," he said.
"I'm not against transit relief," he said. "I'm against spending $5 billion to $6 billion when people are waiting up to two hours to catch TheBus."
Nakasato, who is making his first foray into elective politics, said he supports the city's rail project.
"We need to figure out a solution as far as the traffic situation," he said. "I think this is a good alternative."
Two other former lawmakers who are running for the seat, former City Councilman Jon Yoshimura and outgoing state Sen. Carol Fukunaga, said they both support the rail project.
Former Hawaii GOP Chairman running for City Council seat
KHON- There's another challenger entering the race for City Council District 6.
Sam Aiona, a former state representative and chairman of the Republican Party, filed his nomination papers Thursday afternoon.
He says a main reason he's running for the seat is his anti-rail position.
"I'm not against a transit system, I’m just against spending the five six billion. We got a lot of other issues we gotta contend with in this city,” said Aiona.
There are now 11 candidates in the winner-take-all race to fill the final two years of Tulsi Gabbard's term.
She resigned to focus on her race for Congress.