8 start off Council seat race

LIHU’E — Eight Kauaians – including three incumbent members of the Kaua’i

County Council – have either taken out nomination papers or have filed papers

for the seven open Council seats in the upcoming 2000 election. Council Chair

Ron Kouchi, Vice Chair Bryan Baptiste, and Randal Valenciano, who chairs the

Council’s Public Works Committee, have taken out papers but have not filed

them, according to Deputy County Clerk Ernest Pasion. Hanama’ulu resident

Robert Cariffe and Lihu’e resident Anne Donovan, both of whom ran

unsuccessfully for Council two years ago, have filed nomination papers. Also

taking out papers were:

* Cayetano “Sonny” Gerardo, retired civil defense

administrator for Kaua’i County and an administrative assistant to former Mayor

Eduardo Malapit.

* Rhoda Libre of Kaumakani.

* Roger Ridgley Jr. of

Kapa’a.

More candidates have taken out or filed nomination papers for a

Council seat than people did at this time two years ago for the 1998 election,

Pasion said. Last time around, 21 candidates ended up running in the

non-partisan primary for Council.

To qualify to run for a Council seat, a

candidate:

* Must be a qualified voter of Kaua’i County for at least two

years prior to an election.

* Must have not less than 15 signatures of

votes of Kaua’i County by 4:30 p.m. on July 25, the deadline for filing for

public office, excluding the Office of Hawaiian Affairs seats.

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