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Pine tops Berg; Fukunaga beats crowded field in City Council races

By Kevin Dayton

LAST UPDATED: 1:08 a.m. HST, Nov 7, 2012

Voters rejected the outspoken and sometimes controversial City Councilman Tom Berg on Tuesday night, and instead chose state Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine by a wide margin as the new Council member representing the Leeward Coast, Kapolei and parts of Ewa.

In urban Honolulu, political veteran and state Sen. Carol Fukunaga also won election to the Council, besting a crowded field of 16 candidates in a winner-take-all race to replace Tulsi Gabbard in a midterm special election.

Gabbard won the Demo­cratic primary in her bid for Congress, and had resigned from her District 6 Council seat in August. That Council district includes Nuuanu, downtown, Moanalua and a portion of Aiea, and Fukunaga will serve out the remaining two years of Gabbard’s four-year term.

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Ann Koba­ya­shi easily dominated political newcomer Jim Hayes in the race to retain her Council seat, which covers Kaimuki, Manoa and Makiki.

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