VIDEO: Hawaii County Council district 6 race

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Its a four person race for the County Council district 6 seat. The newly drawn district is by far the largest on the island, stretching from Volcano Village on the East side all the way across Ka’u and up South Kona to Kealakekua.

Brenda Ford, who is already on the council as a representative of South Kona, will face challenges from Bradley Westervelt, Maile David, and Lee McIntosh.

Recently, the four candidates introduced themselves to a crowd at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria, during a candidate forum moderated by Sherry Bracken.

Ford has been a staunch advocate for West Hawaii, and now she will be seeking to represent towns that are closer to East Hawaii in orientation. Many consider Volcano Village to be in Puna.

Although she has gone toe to toe with the Hilo voting block in the past, Ford promises to play nicely with others if elected. After all, she would be the senior member on the governing body.

Meanwhile, one of her opponents, life-long Kona resident Maile David – says her experience makes her ideal for the job. David focused more on her paralegal background during this forum in Kealakehe.

Soft spoken Lee McIntosh is a resident of Discovery Harbour in Ka’u. He owns and operates GopherLee, a local landscaping business. Here, he shares his vision for the district, if elected.

While Pahala resident Bradley Westervelt says he brings a diverse set of skills shaped by a lifetime of experience in the private sector.

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  1. Cheryl King says:

    It is too bad that candidates weren’t asked if they supported electioneering by union management or by candidates on county property and county time. This question needs to be asked next time. Brenda Ford does not support this unethical behavior, whereas Westervelt demonstrated that he does.
    See: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/union-touts-candidates-public’s-expense.html

  2. mike says:

    VOTE BRENDA, SHE WILL LOOK OUT FOR KONA, KAU, AND THE WHOLE WELL BEING OF THE BIG ISLAND. BRADLY DOES NOT KNOW LEFT FROM RIGHT HE REALLY DOES NOT.

  3. tasha says:

    Westervelt is against open space and works for the big corporations and special interests. Beware!

  4. jd says:

    Bradley values the health and happiness of the men and women of Kau. He would be a champion for the elderly and the new generation. Vote Westervelt cousins.

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