Kagiwada squeaks by Kusch for Hilo council seat

Jenn Kagiwada smiles while talking to her friends and supporters Tuesday night after initial ballot results in the County Council District 2 race during a watch party.

Matthias Kusch talks with people Tuesday night while attending state Sen. Lorraine Inouye's watch party at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Jenn Kagiwada edged Matthias Kusch by 276 votes in a hotly contested District 2 County Council race between two political first-timers in Tuesday night’s general election.