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Register by Monday to vote in District 1 election

Monday marks the voter registration deadline for people wishing to cast ballots in the special election for City Council District 1, the Leeward Coast-Ewa seat vacated by Todd Apo last month.

Anyone who was registered to vote in the last election is automatically registered, but residents must re-register if they have changed their name, residence or mailing address.

The election is being held primarily by mail-in ballot, with walk-in voting at Kapolei Hale and Honolulu Hale from Dec. 13 to 17. Ballots must be received by the city clerk by 6 p.m. Dec. 29, when results will be announced.

Ballots will be mailed by Dec. 9.

Fourteen candidates are running in the special election.

Apo resigned Nov. 8 to take a job with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Hawaii.

An all-mail ballot with walk-in voting also was used for City Council special elections last year, to fill vacancies created by the deaths of Barbara Marshall in District 3 and Duke Bainum in District 5.

According to the City Clerk’s Office, those elections cost the city $225,000 for District 3, which was won by Ikaika Anderson; and about $170,000 for District 5, won by Ann Kobayashi.

City Clerk Bernice Mau has said District 1 has about 45,000 registered voters, about 2,000 fewer than District 5.

Apo won a five-person race for the seat in 2004 with 46 percent of the vote, and won re-election in 2008 against a single challenger, Garry P. Smith, with 67 percent.

 

COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Fourteen candidates have filed to run in the special election for City Council District 1:
» Tom Berg, legislative aide and past Republican state House candidate
» Kioni Dudley, past Republican lieutenant governor candidate
» Jason T. Espero, son of state Sen. Will Espero
» Mel Kahele, official with Iron Workers Local 625
» Celeste (Lacaden) Lacuesta, past Democratic state Senate candidate
» Chris Lewis
» Matthew LoPresti, Hawaii Pacific University assistant professor of philosophy and humanities
» James K. Manaku, past City Council candidate
» Rose Martinez
» Bob McDermott, former Republican state representative
» John P. Roco, former Republican U.S. Senate candidate
» Patty Kahanamoku Teruya, Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board chairwoman
» Gary Kahinano Velleses
» Victoria (Cissy) Yuen

CORRECTION: Celeste Lacuesta, a candidate in the Dec. 29 nonpartisan special election for City Council District 1 (Leeward Oahu), is a Democrat. She was identified as a Republican in a previous version of this story Saturday.

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