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.