John Barretto wants back on council after 14 years away

LIHU’E — One-time Kaua’i County mayoral candidate John Barretto Jr. has

thrown his hat into the ring for one of the seven open County Council

seats.

If elected this fall, Barretto said he would bring a wealth of

business experience to the body.

A retired businessman, Barretto once owned

nine gasoline stations on O’ahu, a Snap-on Tools dealership on O’ahu, Fishing

for Fun Charters, Ahukini Marine Service and other businesses.

Barretto,

who formally filed his candidacy on July 20, held a council seat from 1983 to

1986, when he left public office after losing a mayoral bid. Joining him as a

challenger in this year’s council race will be Kapio Asing, who held a council

seat for 18 years before he ran for mayor in1998, lost and exited politics.

As of Monday, six incumbent council members and six other candidates had

filed. Today is the deadline for filing.

The incumbents are:

* Ron

Kouchi, council chairman.

* Randal Valenciano, a councilman for nearly 10

years.

* James Tokioka, chairman of the council’s Finance Committee.

Billy Swain, who is seeking his second council term.

* Daryl W. Kaneshiro,

a rancher.

* And Gary L. Hooser, a Kapa’a businessman who also is seeking

a second term.

Challengers, in addition to Barretto and Asing,

include:

* Sonny “Cayetano” Gerardo, former civil defense director of the

county.

* Anne Donovan of Kapa’a, who ran for a council seat in 1998.

Robert Cariffe, a council candidate in 1996 and 1998.

* Rhoda L. Libre of

O’mao, a musician.

* J. Kauilani Kahalekai of Kapa’a.

* And Joseph

Prigge Jr., a businessman.

Staff writer Lester Chang can be reached at

245-3681 (ext. 225) or lchang@pulitzer.net

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