Candidates lining up for political office run

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.

  1. Sunrise_blue February 14, 2018 10:13 am Reply

    Yes. It is heating up at the mayor’s seat. Who will you vote for? Bernard p. Carvalho jr. will probably paired off with a republican Governor. Who? I have no idea yet. But when it comes around, they’ll pair him up. But how much campaign funds did Bernard come up with? I do not know. As for Colleen, $745,000 dollars as of last month. She could break a million dollars. Maybe she can share her funds with Bernard. As one resident put it, sharing our wealth is important. Hard to say who I will vote for governor.

  2. Sunrise_blue February 14, 2018 10:31 am Reply

    Many good articles to read. October 16, 2017 Times magazine, latest on the Las Vegas shooting at a country concert. This should make interesting reading. AMERICA’S NIGHTMARE

  3. Steve Martin February 14, 2018 12:51 pm Reply

    The kicking of the cans over the decades will continue as long as we continue with the “popularity contest” as the way to put people in office. Our administration will need to hire a county manger and 7 well educated professional creative busness management people to move our island forward now and the future. You don’t elect people and give them on the job training for nearly two years just to see if they can do better than kick a can correctly. It’s time to wake up. It’s really not that hard to figure out. Thanks JoAnn for standing up for the’s to bad that we can’t unilaterally stop the bs and move this island forward.

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