HAWAII ISLAND – On Saturday night, Hawaii County residents cast their vote for candidates to serve on the island’s nine-member County Council. The results are in, and changes are in store for the governing body as four new councilmembers take office in December.
The non-partisan race to fill the two vacated seats – district 4 (Puna) and district 3 (Hilo) – will go on to a run-off election in November, since no candidate in either race managed to get over half the vote.
Incumbents also appear to have been defeated in two other tight council races – district 5 (Puna) and district 9 (Kohala) – where Danny Paleka and Margaret Wille fall short in their bids for re-election.
Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter (who ran unopposed), Aaron Chung, Maile David, Karen Eoff, and chair Dru Kanuha will be returning to their seats following primary victories.
The official results: