LIHUE — The race for the next Kauai County Council is heating up, with several residents already filing to run.
Cecelia Napohaku-Hoffman is the latest candidate to file nomination papers, joining Nelson H. Mukai, Kipukai Kualii, Luke A. Evslin and Milo Spindt.
The only mayoral candidate to file papers so far is current Council Chair Mel Rapozo.
Councilmember Derek Kawakami and Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo have stated their intentions to run.
The seven-member council is elected at-large every two years. Other current councilmembers are JoAnn Yukimura, Arthur Brun, Mason Chock, Ross Kagawa and Arryl Kaneshiro.
The mayor is elected every four years. Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has served since 2008 and will be termed out of office.
Those wishing to join the race can file paperwork at the Elections Division of the County Clerk, 4386 Rice Street.
Candidate filing period runs from Feb. 1 through June 5. Services are offered Monday through Friday during regular office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Election day for the Primary Election is Aug. 11 and for the General Election is Nov. 6.