Nakashima, other incumbents pace BOE races

Incumbents led a field of 28 candidates vying for six seats on the state Board

of Education in Saturday’s primary election.

Mitsugi Nakashima, holder of

the Kaua’i seat, joined Denise Matsumoto, Lex Brodie, Ronald Nakano and Garrett

Toguchi among the top votegetters with 100 percent of the ballots counted

shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday.

All Neighbor Island residents could vote in

the Kaua’i race, and all Oahu residents could vote in the Honolulu, Leeward and

at-large races.

The top two finishers in the Kaua’i, Leeward and Honolulu

races, plus the top six in the at-large contest advanced to the Nov. 7 general


Nakashima, chairman of the 13-member board, topped the Kaua’i

field with 17,627 votes. Joining him in the general election race will be

Sherwood Hara, who polled 14,726 votes.

Nakashima is a former Kaua’i

district superintendent for the state Department of Education.


received 93,530 votes in the Honolulu race, while her nearest challenger,

Malcolm Kirkpatrick, had 21,953 votes.

Nakano led the Leeward race with

48,417 votes, followed by Marilyn Harris with 40,357 votes.

In the at-large

race, where voters could select up to three candidates from a list of 18,

Brodie led with 77,605 votes, followed by former state lawmaker Donna Ikeda

with 69,570 votes and Carol Gabbard with 38,245 votes.

Toguchi was in

fourth place in the at-large contest with 33,032 votes, followed by Jacqueline

Whitford Heupel with 22,582 votes and Randall Yee with 21,053 votes.

In the

Big Island race, incumbent Herbert Watanabe is opposed by only one candidate,

Nani Quintana-Davies. Both candidates automatically advance to the general


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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