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Some 10 candidates may seek Gabbard's just-relinquished Council seat

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 10:03 p.m. HST, Aug 16, 2012

Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to resign from the Honolulu City Council on Thursday sent the Oahu political community into a frenzy, with at least 10 potential successors putting out their election feelers.

Former Honolulu City Councilman Jon Yoshimura said he will run in a special election to fill out the two remaining years of Gabbard’s term.

A number of people prominent in the Oahu political scene also are considering placing their names on the ballot, including outgoing state Sen. Carol Fukunaga; state Reps. John Mizuno and Karl Rhoads, unsuccessful congressional candidate Esther Kia‘aina, former state Rep. Sam AIona, former state Sen. Dennis Nakasato, city Information Technology Director Gordon Bruce, city Customer Service Director Gail Haraguchi, and Democratic Party Oahu County Secretary Bixby Ho.

Council Chairman Ernie Martin said candidates will have from Wednesday to Aug. 31 to submit nomination papers to run in the winner-take-all sprint to the general election finish line on Nov. 6.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
In other news, Rod Tam has announced he has just bought a new condo in District 6. "Fresh starts", he said, "I'm all about fresh starts."
on August 16,2012 | 10:03AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I wonder what Nestor Garcia will buy for $60K. I also wonder what Romy Cachola was thinking when he went door to door "helping" people vote.
on August 16,2012 | 11:18AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Tom Berg should also resign and save taxpayers another $150,000.
on August 16,2012 | 08:10PM
YourGMisShowing wrote:
Still talking about Berg Nanakuli Boss? Hahha, it's kinda cute how you're so obsessed with him. May the best candidate win :) Aloha!
on August 17,2012 | 11:25AM
primowarrior wrote:
I'm liking this lady more and more. I think she'll make a great Congresswoman.
on August 16,2012 | 10:08AM
Skyler wrote:
She will make a great member of Congress. She's got the right spirit of public service.
on August 16,2012 | 11:37AM
SteveToo wrote:
To bad she's an Obama supporter. Can't vote for her just for that reason.
on August 16,2012 | 04:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
And pro-rail.
on August 16,2012 | 07:00PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Simply untrue. She's said many times the mayor's race will decide rail, which is a fact.
on August 17,2012 | 02:07AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
That is a major concern,since a huge majority of her constituents oppose rail. Her action (or lack of action) on the City Council are indicative of how she will act in D.C.
on August 30,2012 | 07:34AM
allie wrote:
Our Tulsi shines! Old man Mufi, now in hiding, might want to run again. he believes he is owed a seat somewhere in the state. Some have suggested the Kuhio Beach park toilet seat as a start
on August 16,2012 | 10:14AM
yamaco wrote:
that is funny
on August 16,2012 | 10:24AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
He can run for his pal, Dan Inouye's seat.
on August 16,2012 | 10:57AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Mufi was last seen standing tall - in the unemployment line.
on August 16,2012 | 11:41AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Will Mufi run now for her council seat?
on August 16,2012 | 11:51AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
It was a no brainer decision...
on August 16,2012 | 10:21AM
whatcanisay wrote:
Would she have done it if she had a strong republican challenger in the general election?
on August 16,2012 | 10:35AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
No way!
on August 16,2012 | 10:58AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
on August 30,2012 | 07:35AM
walaau808 wrote:
Big deal! Any one of us could have made this decision...it didn't take brains to do it. Now let's see you live up to your campaign promises, that's what I'm interested in seeing! For once I wish a candidate would run on the platform of "congressional and senate benefits reform"! Now that I could get behind...
on August 16,2012 | 10:39AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup, no brainer!
on August 16,2012 | 12:34PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That was fast. That stepping stone (cc) is still shaking!
on August 16,2012 | 10:39AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Why so petty? Go away already.
on August 16,2012 | 12:46PM
inverse wrote:
Nanny Bossy is all upset because his former boss and/or friend, Mufi, first got beat by a much shorter guy with fair skin, then got beat big time by a girl! *

(* Of course this "girl" served in the National Guard as a medic in a field medical unit in Iraq)

on August 16,2012 | 01:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yeah we know. The mainland PAC said it over and over again. And Mazie's Mom escaped an abusive relationship in Japan. We know that too. What is with these women politicians who seem to be so attention hungry? How about dealing with accomplishments? Oh wait.....not much meat there.
on August 16,2012 | 02:39PM
Bdpapa wrote:
A little lean!
on August 16,2012 | 03:07PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Here's a nickname , Tulsi"HalfTerm"Gabbard.
on August 16,2012 | 07:43PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Nah,just joking...good luck on your next "Full Term". One question, will she be the first person of Samoan blood, in Congress? If so, congratulations.
on August 16,2012 | 07:46PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not an issue!
on August 16,2012 | 08:33PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Elected as Tamayo, resigns as Gabbard.
on August 16,2012 | 10:41AM
Heinbear wrote:
I were Mike's son. I would sure run for office with a different last name..lol!
on August 16,2012 | 11:00AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Just not "Hanneman".
on August 16,2012 | 07:01PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Tulsi thinks through whatever she encounters. By resigning her council seat taxpayers can see savings in a special election. If she should not prevail for Congress she still wins for her future political career. You go girl !.
on August 16,2012 | 10:42AM
bzalohabat wrote:
How much more can Tulsi do for Hawaii? Stay tuned. What she did just shows the people of Hawaii, her true character and what she is all about. You cannot teach that. She was born and destined to share herself with the Human Race.
on August 16,2012 | 10:44AM
HawaiiNoKaOi wrote:
This is why Tulsi got my vote and without question, my vote again in the general! Mahalo!
on August 16,2012 | 10:48AM
kainalu wrote:
Confirming my faith and vote in her ... despite her last name.
on August 16,2012 | 11:05AM
s96813 wrote:
Thank you, Tulsi,for thinking of the taxpayers. You're much different than the Governor and former mayor who resigned mid-term and left us with the cost for special elections. Bravo!
on August 16,2012 | 11:34AM
IMVHO wrote:
She did what was logical and good for Tulsi. That fact that it saved the taxpayers money was just a point to be exploited in her favor, that's all.
on August 16,2012 | 11:34AM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
Accurate assessment. If it was a stronger opponent and if she was not favored to win, we may not be reading this story.
on August 16,2012 | 11:45AM
akuman808 wrote:
She beat Mufi handily. The nonsense that you and IMVHO spew is just sour grapes because you union guys supported Hanneman. No matter what she does the negative and cynical comments will continue from the losing side. Shoots, your guy didn't even attend the unity breakfast and I don't recall you folks commenting on that. No matter, Tulsi won and we voted for her. She made your side irrelevant.
on August 16,2012 | 12:27PM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
Way to bask in reflective glory.
on August 16,2012 | 02:13PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Mufi and his supporters have been so bitter. It's very unfortunate.
on August 17,2012 | 02:10AM
The no brainer is that TULASI is a fresh face .....A new ..GI Jane ..plus a Hawaii barbie winning againts the hated MUFI and is mormon mafia accomplices.....Sad for good hearted Esther that did not have MORMON MONEY or HARE KRISHNA money . Tulasi had the money machine of the Hare Krishna multimillionaire cult leader CHRIS BUTLER that she and her parents have been worshipping for 35 years ..The good news is that she is now saying that she is a HINDU .....a VAISHNAVA (she never said that before this election) that is way better than her hypocrite father that ran hatefull propaganda campains againts the gays and lesbians of Hawaii pretending that he was a good Catholic (freaking deceiver this MIKE) there is still lots of lies and deceits going on . maybee Mike will finally come out clean and say that he as been lying all those years to the Hawaii public and as been a faithfull servant of Butler for 35 years (his beloved guru ) How is the daughter of a right wing Catholic ....ended up HINDU anyway ?Why is all the Gabbards kids got HINDU names . Sinister cult leader CHRIS BUTLER(who make his disciples eat his nail clippings as sign of loyalty ) is running that famaly ...he wanted a pet disciple in congress and he is about to get is old age wishes come truth . Investigate ....the RICK ROSS internet forum as the dirt on this cult leader . But for now BRAVO TULASI ......The HARE KRISHNA CULT as beaten the MORMON cult.
on August 16,2012 | 12:55PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Hold on, is she a hara krishna?
on August 16,2012 | 01:40PM
false wrote:
Hey, my last name is hara. I don't know of any krishnas.
on August 16,2012 | 01:48PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Who cares what her religion is anyway? It's irrelevant to her service to the people of Hawaii.
on August 17,2012 | 02:28AM
inverse wrote:
Wow, where is all of this intense hate coming from? Although I think she is recently single, I don't think she is looking for a full time relationship right now. However, I will agree with you 100 percent the father is a hypocrite and close minded person fanatic who has no business making judgements on adults who choose to live an alternative lifestyle AND is in the pocket of special interest. From past decisions as a State legislator, is obviously open to the highest bidder. Most voters had BOTH their eyes wide open when choosing Tulsi over Mufi. It was definitely a choice between the lesser of two evils.
on August 16,2012 | 02:12PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It was definitely a choice between the lesser of two evils.

I think that is a fair assessment. I think that's why a lot of folks are touchy, too. It was like, "wow, either way we are getting poked so at least let's choose the cute one."

on August 16,2012 | 02:42PM
WesleySMori wrote:
"LOL"!!! :-) !!!!
on August 17,2012 | 04:39PM
LanaAloha wrote:
HEARTOHEART (AKA Henry Joliceour) is so off his rocker. I googled his name one day out of curiosity - his daughter (who has the Hindu name of Jamuna) actually IS a Barbie - a Roller Barbie. I personally don't have anything against Barbies but I think it's weird he keeps using it to sling insults at Tulsi when his own daughter is actually a Barbie girl! And then he attacks Tulsi's name as well - and his own daughter has a Hindu name! The guy is so gone. Not too mention a complete bigot. He doesn't understand Hawaii is the land of aloha. He sure doesn't represent Canadians very well! Most of the Canadians I've met are quite nice.
on August 17,2012 | 02:23AM
kevinn wrote:
What took her so long to decide? A true candidate would resign BEFORE filing nomination papers for another seat. She had nothing to lose but all to gain by running for the 2nd Congressional district. Do you think she would've resigned if she didn't win outright? I don't think so!
on August 16,2012 | 02:36PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Good move Tulsi. And it's not too late to speak out against the ill-conceived railroad from Kapolei to the shopping center. We don't want it, won't use it, don't need it, can't afford it. Good luck in D.C.
on August 16,2012 | 02:43PM
blackmurano wrote:
Tulsi Gabbard may be popular, but she has said, if elected, she will fight for repeal of the Federal marriage act which states that marriage in the United States is for one man and one woman. She is a threat to tradiitional marriage and called for "equality" for everyone. Equality means nothing else but to redefine marriage in this country to include same-sex marriage. Was it 14 years ago, her father Mike Gabbard lead a fight to banned same-sex mariage in Hawaii. That year, 1998, almost 70 percent of Hawaii voters voted to add in our State Constitution that marriage is for one man and one woman. Being a retired Army, I am all for veterans being elected to congress. The number of veterans in congress is dwingling fast. Tulsi is in the Military, but her stand on marriage will not get my vote and a lot of other Christians who care what God says about marriage - one man and one woman. HE ordained it as a Covenant. No one has the right to redefine it. We live in a country, that includes Hawaii, where morality has collapse. Even Christians will vote for "popularity" or party loyalty rather than vote on their conscious on what God said about marriage.
on August 16,2012 | 02:58PM
copperwire9 wrote:
A couple of things, blackurano...1) our Constitution does NOT say that marriage should be between a man and a woman. It says that "The legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples. . . .and the legislature has never made that reservation. The power is theirs; they haven't acted upon it. . . . .and 2) Where does God ordain as a Covenant that marriage is between one man and one woman? How many concubines did David have? How many wives? . . .And how do you deal with his love of Johnathan? In the King James version of the Bible, 2 Samuel Chapter 1 verse 26 says: "my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women."
on August 16,2012 | 11:17PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
A class act - she did the right thing (rare these days) and I see great things ahead for her. She has my vote.
on August 16,2012 | 03:03PM
Changalang wrote:
The narrative is packed perfectly. She is taking a risk at losing elected office for a probability of victory over the opposition. It saves as money with low side risk to Tusli being defeated by the Republican. Smart move, and again, excellent PR from her team. Have high hopes for the success of Team Tulsi. They appear to be working synergistically; and as long as she doesn't forget who got her there, she will have a long illustrious career.
on August 16,2012 | 03:16PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I like that the dangerous Republican opponent is a cigar smoking eccentric currently living in his van. Tough competition - any wonder it took a day or two to decide this issue.
on August 16,2012 | 07:03PM
Changalang wrote:
on August 16,2012 | 07:50PM
localpoi wrote:
I'm glad I voted for her, just hope she stays true to self and not get jaded like all the other politicians.
on August 16,2012 | 03:30PM
gth wrote:
Wasn't Jon Yoshimura involved in a hit-and-run near Ward Warehouse years ago. Now he has the nerve to run for office again. OMG!
on August 16,2012 | 03:49PM
danji wrote:
TULSI--ALL CLASS. JUST REMAIN AS YOU ARE AND YOU'LL HAVE A LONG CAREER IN THE U.S. CONGRESS. I know of no other politian who would do what you are doing. I have been observing you on Othello since you became a councilmember and am impressed with you . I have been waiting for someone who I can say I respect. Every other councilmember has showed arogrance toward others--othere council members, testifiers and administrative staff--which should never happen.
on August 16,2012 | 04:17PM
luvshawaii wrote:
It's Olelo!
on August 16,2012 | 07:18PM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well "LUVSHAWAII", Maybe "DANJI" REALLY MEANT "OTHELLO" Subconsciouslyi!! "JUST A THOUGHT". "LOL"!! :-) !! "GOD BLESS HAWAII & AMERICA"!!!!!!!!!!!!
on August 17,2012 | 04:57PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
What would have been the right thing to do was to resign from the council when she decided to run for congress instead on waiting till after to see first if she would win or not, that should hold true for all candidates, that way you clear the air right from the get go and your intention would be up front. My take is that she was pressured to resign because of the negative publicity on her staying on. We all know that she is for the rail project, if she should prevail in the general Im wondering if her support for rail remains the same or will she avoid the issue as she did during her tenure as a councilwoman.
on August 16,2012 | 05:24PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Who Cares? Inept, Incompetent, Corrupt, etc. Like all the rest.
on August 16,2012 | 06:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I don't understand why already people are saying "have a long career in Congress". I'd like term limits on all these critters. I doubt many Tulasi voters intended to bestow lifetime employment.
on August 16,2012 | 07:05PM
Changalang wrote:
" Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been...What did you dream? It's alright we told you what to dream...So welcome to the machine." (Pink Floyd)
on August 16,2012 | 07:55PM
Canefire wrote:
Bruce Gordon would be a very interesting candidate... someone who has been the CIO and presummaby would have an unique advantage over other candidates on navigating through the sea of City information.
on August 16,2012 | 11:30PM
mainland_refugee wrote:
Mahalo nui loa to Tulsi Gabbard! I often wish that more politicians could be as considerate as Tulsi, especially when it comes to elections and the opportunity of not screwing the City and the tax-payers. We need more people like Tulsi.
on August 16,2012 | 11:52PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Do any of the candidates to replace Tulse in our district LIVE in our district. I think the reports of their candidacy should let us know whether or not they live in our district. Many of us do not want to represeted by politicians who are not our neighbors. It is like being represented by Hanabusa in the U.S. House.
on August 30,2012 | 07:33AM
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