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Council aide announces bid for open seat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

Honolulu City Council aide Brandon Elefante announced Thursday that he will run for the seat being left open by his boss, Councilman Breene Harimoto.

Elefante, 28, has worked as a legislative aide to Harimoto for nearly four years. Before that, he worked for state Sen. Will Espero. Both Harimoto and Espero attended Elefante's announcement at Honolulu Hale.

Elefante was born and raised in Aiea. Council District VIII emcompasses Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahu. Before working in government, he was a teacher and coach at Damien Memorial High School.

Harimoto announced Wednesday that he will forego a re-election bid to instead run for the state Senate seat now occupied by David Ige, who is challenging Gov. Neil Abercrombie for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Dave let's see how much votes you call pull from Neil's camp. I heard of your campaign awhile ago, and I think Neil would defeat you, however name recognition would bolster your campaign in 2018 if you decide another try at that point. I think your campaign Dave is an indication of not only of your ambition, however of the splinter in The Democratic Party with regard to our Governorship and these postures may open the way for an Independent/Republican candidate to give Neil more than Neil can handle in November 2014. Boy I wish Frank F. Fasi was immortal. Well we can't always have what we EXACTLY want, and Frank had his challenges with The Quiet and Effective One (QEO), which coincidentally almost sounds like CEO. What a tangled web we weave? Had Cecil Heftel been elected Governor instead of John Waihee, our lives would have turned a little to that side, compared to this side. Mud Pies Anyone (MDA)??
on January 9,2014 | 08:39PM
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