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Berg and Pine go on to general in City Council race

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 04:35 p.m. HST, Oct 23, 2012

Honolulu City Councilman Tom Berg was hoping to fight off a crowded field of challengers to hang onto his seat in the primary election, but was behind state Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine.

The two will face-off in the general election in November.

Meanwhile, three City Council seats were decided outright in today’s nonpartisan primary election voting.

Incumbent Ikaika Anderson, whose City Council seat covers Waimanalo, Kailua and Kaneohe, easily clinched more than half of the vote to avoid a run-off.

Also elected outright were state Rep. Joey Manahan for the District 7 seat, which spans Kalihi to Hickam Air Force Base, and veteran legislator and attorney Ron Menor for the District 9 seat, representing Mililani, Kunia and a portion of Ewa Beach.

Throughout the evening, Berg trailed Pine but was ahead of former legislator Alex Santiago, former Teamsters union leader Mel Kahele and first-time candidate E.J. Delacruz.

The District 1 seat includes the Leeward Coast, Kapolei and parts of Ewa Beach.

Going into the primary election, Berg said he was optimistic, but acknowledged that it would be a tough race.

“I think, unfortunately, the candidate with the most money to sway the voters has the best chance,” he said.

The former legislative aide and tea party activist has garnered attention — some negative — in recent months for his outspoken and at times confrontational style.

Berg also is a staunch opponent of the $5.26 billion rail project, while challengers Santiago and Pine support it.

In all, five seats were up for grabs on the Council this election cycle, four of which were contested in the primary election because they had more than two candidates in each race. 

In District 7, Manahan was able to get more than 50 percent of the vote against newcomer Martin Han.

The district, which includes Kalihi, Salt Lake and Hickam Air Force Base, has no incumbent because City Councilman Romy Cachola has reached his two-term limit.

There is also no incumbent in the race for the District 9 seat, which represents Mililani, Kunia and a portion of Ewa Beach. Councilman Nestor Garcia has held the seat since 2002, and has reached his two-term limit.

Menor was able to win outright for the District 9 spot. Sy Cullen, a teacher at St. Joseph School, was in a distant second.

Also in the running for the seat were Dr. Inam Rahman and Vai Sua, president of a Waipahu security company.

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Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Ah at last! A Pro rail mandate by the voters in the Ewa area.
on August 11,2012 | 11:36PM
Truther wrote:
Pro-rail? Kimberly Pine? If you know what she stands for, please help her out because even she doesn't have a clue.
on August 12,2012 | 05:38AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Berg's trolls are out early
on August 12,2012 | 08:41AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Remember she, along with Mizuno, wants to spy on your internet usage at home. Maybe the ACLU can do something right for once and back Pine's opponant.
on August 12,2012 | 07:58AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
Pine never shows up to local meetings- for years. ---She is just in it for Developer $$$ and a stepping stone to run for Lt. Gov. with Aiona.----Pine doesn't care about the Leeward Coast--- District 1.---It's just Money and Power for her.
on August 12,2012 | 12:17PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Does this mean that my name sake will have to support Kimberly Pine who is though pro-rail against against the Democrat ideology? Or has she seen her err in judgement and come over to the darkside er, the left side to promote Unionism?
on August 11,2012 | 11:42PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Let's see, pro rail Pine 5,200. Pro rail Santiago and Kahele combine 4,200. Total pro rail district 1 ..9,400. Anti rail Berg..4,200. Difference pro...68%. Anti..32%... in district 1. Now do you thing Berg represented his constituents? He'll NO.
on August 12,2012 | 12:37AM
hawaiikone wrote:
That's all you got? Any pro railer that speaks up today is foolish. The island has spoken. Go, Ben, go!
on August 12,2012 | 06:57AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
dump him too
on August 12,2012 | 08:42AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
Pine is just in it for Developer $$$ and a stepping stone to run for Lt. Gov. with Aiona.----Pine doesn't care about the Leeward Coast--- District 1.---It's just Money and Power for her.
on August 12,2012 | 12:18PM
Truther wrote:
Kimberly Pine is pro-kimberly pine and nothing else; she's the best that money can buy.
on August 12,2012 | 05:35AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Demp Berg
on August 12,2012 | 08:41AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
Pine is all about PINE ---Never attends local community meetings--- wants Garcia's $60,000 job taking notes at Kapolei Chamber of Commercia--- Pine only cares about Pine and $$$ from developers----She's running for Lt. Gov in two years with Duke Aiona.------
on August 12,2012 | 12:20PM
kainalu wrote:
A 5 person race in which the incumbent doesn't get the most votes is the writing on the wall. Further more, Mel Kahele is a union guy, aka, a rail supporter. I'm not sure were Alex Santiago stands on rail, but his votes added to Berg with Mel's votes added to Pine only increases Pine's margin.
on August 12,2012 | 09:28AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Pine! OMG...more puppets in place. She has definitely no clue on whats happening and whats bests for her district. Im not in that district but Im a T.B. supporter and will make great efforts to help in getting him to retain his council seat. Its so obvious that the Council wants him out because he's the biggest torn in their side especially with the Rail issue.
on August 12,2012 | 09:53AM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
That's right Kaleo744. The people of that district would be foolish to vote Berg out. He was asking the tough questions and the rest of the corrupt city council want him out. Vote for Berg people. Vote for Berg.
on August 12,2012 | 10:05AM
kainalu wrote:
Those Imua Rail commercials ARE A REALITY for those "people of that district". The strongest support for the rail comes from "the people of that district". Obviously, you don't live in that district. I do. How are you going to diss the wishes of your constituents and hope to hold onto your job?
on August 12,2012 | 10:31AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
Pine is a JOKE----- No attendance at local community meetings----Berg ALWAYS THERE---- people who live in the district KNOW THIS----- Pine sits in her condo in Ocean Pointe collecting her $$$----had to HIRE campaign sign wavers------a typical PRO-RAILER-----
on August 12,2012 | 12:23PM
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