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Kauai Council names Chock to vacant seat ahead of veto override vote

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The Kauai County Council Friday picked Mason Chock in a 4-2 vote to fill the seat vacated by former Vice Chairwoman Nadine Nakamura. 

In Friday’s special Council meeting, Chock and KipuKai Kualii were nominated from among 18 applicants. 

Council Chairman Jay Furfaro, councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura and councilmen Gary Hooser and Tim Bynum voted for Chock while Councilmen Mel Rapozo and Ross Kagawa voted for Kualii, who served as a councilmember from April 2011 to December 2012. 

A new councilmember was selected to fill the seat vacated by Nakamura who resigned Oct. 31 to serve as managing director. 

The decision to name Chock comes a day after the Council delayed action on a controversial pesticide measure Thursday afternoon, failing to line up enough votes to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.’s veto.

The Council is scheduled to reconvene today to again consider an override.

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