(BIVN) – Rebecca Villegas will be taking a seat on the Hawaiʻi County Council, after defeating runoff opponent Kelly Drysdale in Tuesday night’s general election.
Villegas received 49.4% of the vote (3,024) to Drysdale’s 38.1% (2,330), with 4 of 4 precincts reporting. The council races are non-partisan.
Villegas, a resident of Kailua-Kona, will take the District 7 council seat that will soon be vacated by Dru “Mamo” Kanuha. Kanuha was tonight elected to the Hawaiʻi State Senate, with a sizable win over Libertarian candidate Michael Last.
Villegas attended the Democratic Party Grand Rally in Hilo on Monday night. The video of her speech is posted above.