State briefs for July 16

First-time candidates raise largest war chests

HONOLULU — First-time political candidates Keith Amemiya and Rick Blangiardi reported the largest war chests for this year’s Honolulu mayor’s race.

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Amemiya has spent more than any other candidate during the first half of the year and the overall campaign cycle. He is the only candidate to have collected and spent more than $1 million total, according to data compiled from the Campaign Spending Commission by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The data reflects campaign finance activity from Jan. 1-June 30.

Amemiya, a businessman and former director of state high school athletics, reported just less than $470,000 from outside parties during the reporting period, the most out of any candidate during the six-month time frame.

Former television executive Blangiardi, who began his campaign in February, reported more than $438,000 in receipts from outside parties during the same six months. Blangiardi also loaned his campaign more than $265,000. Combined, his total contributions total more than $700,000.

Hundreds of travelers to Guam quarantined

HAGATNA, Guam — Nearly 400 people who returned to Guam from coronavirus hot spots were in government-imposed quarantine at three island hotels.

Many of the travelers arrived from the continental United States, where the number of new cases has steadily risen.

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People coming from high-risk areas must quarantine for 14 days. If travelers tested negative within 72 hours of leaving for Guam, they can self-quarantine at home.

Without a negative test, they must quarantine at a government facility.

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