LoPresti defeats GOP challenger Jeremiah for Ewa House seat
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LoPresti defeats GOP challenger Jeremiah for Ewa House seat

  • STAR-ADVERTISER/ JAN. 20

    Rep. Matthew LoPresti stands on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda during a press conference in Honolulu with supporters in this Jan. 20 photo.

Rep. Matt LoPresti trounced Republican challenger Bryan Jeremiah 3,882 votes to 2,612 votes, or 55 percent to 37 percent, for the state House seat representing Ewa in Tuesday’s General Election.

LoPresti has held the seat since 2014.

This is the second time that the two candidates have battled for the seat in races that have at times turned ugly.

Earlier this year, Jeremiah accused LoPresti of removing some of his signs in Ewa Beach. The two had a run in with LoPresti accusing Jeremiah of nearly assaulting him, which Jeremiah denied.

Both candidates sought restraining orders against each other.

LoPresti, who was born in Pittsburgh, is an associate professor of philosophy and humanities at Hawaii Pacific University. Jeremiah, who grew up on Hawaii island, is a project manager at PEI Construction.

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