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
* Rhoda Libre of Kaumakani.
* Roger Ridgley Jr. of
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
* 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.