Filing period ends; Lowen, David, Kierkiewicz to run unopposed

  • LOWEN

  • DAVID

  • KIERKIEWICZ

Victory is all but assured for three Hawaii Island incumbents, despite what seems a renewed interest in politics, with lots of candidates competing for office this election.

As of the 4:30 p.m. final filing deadline Tuesday, State Rep. Nicole Lowen, D-Kona, and County Council members Ashley Kierkiewicz of Puna and Maile David of South Kona/Ka‘u had no challengers. One vote will secure their seats.

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“To be honest, I’ve been really focused on the response to COVID-19, and this race hasn’t been front of mind. I’m still really worried about the future of the state, and the many unemployed and small businesses in Kona that are on the brink of closing their doors,” Lowen said. “I’m very honored and humbled to be able to continue representing District 6, and to be able to get back to work right away on the big challenges we are facing.”

Kierkiewicz and David expressed similar views.

“I’m surprised, speechless and very thankful. It has taken many years to finally have the experience of running unopposed and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to start my final term,” David said. “I look forward to devoting all of my time helping our island communities. Mahalo a nui loa for the privilege.”

“As a freshman representing Puna, it feels incredible to run unopposed,” Kierkiewicz said. “Not only did our team bring a fresh perspective, effective leadership and high energy to the Council, we served with aloha, engaging and empowering community every step of the way. When Puna needed someone to advocate for recovery dollars from the Legislature, to fight for roads, to ensure community voices were brought into conversations, my team and I showed up. We will continue to put in the hard work and serve Puna with vision, vitality and humility.”

The race for Hawaii County mayor proved the most popular, with 17 candidates filing for the nonpartisan race by the deadline. Three candidates filed for the other countywide race, that of county prosecutor.

Plenty of candidates also lined up for the 2nd Congressional seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The state Senate District 2 race, the only Senate seat on the Big Island ballot this year, will be decided in the primary election, as two Democrats, Joy San Buenaventura and Smiley Burrows, square off for the seat being vacated by Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Puna, Ka‘u.

There’s a new party on the ballot this year, the Aloha Aina party, and it fielded candidates in four state House races representing the island, as well the 2nd Congressional District. Democrats, as is traditional, are vying for the most seats, along with a sprinkling of Republicans and Libertarians.

Candidates have until 4:30 p.m. today to withdraw their candidacy for any reason and until June 19 to withdraw with a doctor’s note. Voters who want to object to a candidate’s nomination papers can do so by June 9.

For the first time, Hawaii is going with a statewide mail-in ballot, expected to be mailed out July 21, according to Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto. Voted ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. election day, Aug. 8.

Email Nancy Cook Lauer at ncook-lauer@westhawaiitoday.com.

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Candidates for the 2020 Primary election on Hawaii Island

U.S. Representative, District 2

Democrats

EVANS, Brian

FAMERA, Noelle

KAHELE, Kaiali‘i (Kai)

LEE, Brenda L. Machado

Republicans

AKANA, Joe

BOND, Steven R.

GOTTSCHALK, Karla (Bart)

HAMMAN, David R.

KANESHIRO, Elise Hatsuko

LOVE, Nicholas T.

NAGAMINE, Robert K.

QUEL, Raymond S.

SAN NICOLAS, Felipe C.

Libertarian

TIPPENS, Michelle Rose

Aloha Aina

HOOMANAWANUI, Jonathan

American Shopping

GIUFFRE, John (Raghu)

Nonpartisan

BURRUS, Ron

MCCORRISTON, Byron U.

 

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Nonpartisan)

At-large

AKINA, Keli‘i

BURKE, Jackie (Kahookele)

HANAKAHI, Kaipo K.

KAWAAUHAU, Larry K.

PALACAT-NELSEN, Shane Akoni

SONODA, Lenson (Kawekiu)

SOUZA, Keoni

Hawaii Island Resident

ALMEIDA, Kauilani

CASHMAN-AIU, Noelani

DESOTO-MCCOLLOUGH, Laura L.

HAO, Louis (Lui)

HOFFELD, Cyd L. (Makanui)

ISHIBASHI, Pua

KIHOI, Lei

LINDSEY, Keola

MANGAUIL, Lanakila

PAU, Louis (Kauka)

WILSON, Kalaniakea

Kauai Resident

AHUNA, Dan

PEREZ, Brittny

SMITH, Kamealoha

Molokai Resident

ALAPA, Luana

KAHUE-CABANTING, U’i

MACHADO, Colette (Piipii)

 

State Senator District 2

Democrats

BURROWS, Smiley

SAN BUENAVENTURA, Joy

 

State Representative District 1

Democrat

NAKASHIMA, Mark M.

Republican

SHIN, Lorraine Pualani

 

State Representative District 2

Democrat

TODD, Christopher L.T.

Aloha Aina

KA-IPO, Ron G.

MCMACKIN, Devin Shaw, Sr.

 

State Representative District 3

Democrats

FOGEL, Frederick F.

MATSON, Shannon Lopeka

ONISHI, Richard H.K.

Republican

HUGHES, Susan

 

State Representative District 4

Democrats

ILAGAN, Greggor

OHARA, Eileen

Republican

CERMELJ, Hope (Alohalani)

Aloha Aina

HAUMEA, Desmon Antone

Nonpartisan

LEY, Brian

 

State Representative District 5

Democrats

CREAGAN, Richard

BONDERA, Colehour

KAPELA, Jeanne

Libertarian

LAST, Michael L. (Mike)

Aloha Aina

DECKER, Citlalli Johanna

 

State Representative District 6

Democrat

LOWEN, Nicole

 

State Representative District7

Democrat

TARNAS, David A.

Aloha Aina

HARRINGTON, Rachel L.

 

County Mayor (nonpartisan)

AZEVEDO, Neil A.

BRYANT, Paul (Amaury)

FITZGERALD, Bob

GLENDON, Michael (Mikey)

GREENWELL, Robert (Kelly)

HA‘I-KELLY, Grayden K.

HIGA, Stacy

KA‘EHU‘AE‘A, Wendell J.

KAWANO, Yumi T.R.

KIM, Harry

MARZO, Ikaika

ROTH, Mitch

RUGGLES, Mike D.

SHANEYFELT, Ted (Toku San)

URBAN, Tante T.

VERSCHUUR, Lahi (Marlin)

YUDA, James M. (Jiro)

 

County Prosecuting Attorney (nonpartisan)

AUNA, Jared Kamakakulani

BRIDGES, Christopher R.

WALTJEN, Kelden Braun Akoni

 

County Council (nonpartisan)

Council District 1

JUAN, Elroy C.

KIMBALL, Heather L.

MEDEIROS-GARCIA, Jaerick K.

MOORE, Jaclyn L.

MORRISON, Bethany Joy

PERREIRA, Monique CobbAdams

YAGONG, Dominic

Council District 2

CHUNG, Aaron S.Y.

HALVERSEN, William

Council District 3

KAAIHUE, Henry K., Jr.

LEE LOY, Susan (Sue)

NEVES, Paul K.

Council District 4

KIERKIEWICZ, Ashley L.

Council District 5

KANEALI‘I-KLEINFELDER, Matt

RODENHURST, Ikaika

WIRICK, Frederic (Ric)

Council District 6

DAVID, Maile (Medeiros)

Council District 7

CLEMENT, Jane

VILLEGAS, Rebecca

Council District 8

INABA, Holeka Goro

KAHUI, Craig (Bo)

Council District 9

AIONA, Philip K. (Ippy)

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