LIHUE — By Tuesday’s filing deadline, 24 candidates had officially filed to run for the Kauai County Council, while seven filed for the mayor’s seat.
Councilmemembers Arthur Brun, Arryl Kaneshiro, Mason Chock, and Vice Chair Ross Kagawa filed for reelection, while Council Chair Mel Rapozo, and Councilmembers Derek Kawakami and JoAnn Yukimura are seeking the mayor’s seat.
Kapaa resident Debra Kekauala and the head of the County’s Parks and Recreation Department Lenny Rapazo are also competing in the mayoral race, along with Hanamaulu resident Clint Yago.
Kauai holds an open election. After the Aug. 11 primary election, 14 of the 24 candidates advance to November’s general election, while two of the mayoral candidates will move on.
Reps. Dee Morikawa, Nadine Nakamura and Jimmy Tokioka filed for reelection.
In the 2016 election, 13 candidates filed for the race, while four filed for the mayoral races. In 2014, 20 candidates filed for the council race, while in 2012, there were nine candidates who ran for council.
The last day to register to vote in the 2018 primary election is July 12. Hawaii residents can register to vote online at olvr.hawaii.gov/ or call 241-4800.
Residents must be 16 to register, but will not be permitted to vote until they are 18.
District 15 Chair Janice Bond said this will be the last election Kauai residents will head to the polls in, because Kauai County will be the first in the state to switch to the permanent absentee ballot method.
2018 primary candidate list
The following is a list of candidates for August’s primary election.
Ana Mo Des
Elaine (Queenie) Daligdig District 15
Stephanie Iona, District 16
Dee Morikawa, District 16
Nadine Nakamura, District 14
Jimmy Tokioka, District 15
United States Senate:
Ron Curtis (R)
County Council Race:
Juno Ann A. Apalla
Ted Daliddig III
Billy De Costa
Norma Doctor Sparks