Honolulu Councilwoman Kymberly Pine won’t have to face a challenger in November — she won re-election outright in Saturday’s primary race with a commanding 65 percent of the vote.
Hers was the only Council seat contested Saturday, with four candidates vying for it. (Council contests with only two candidates advance directly to November’s general election.) Pine’s district, which includes the Waianae Coast and other parts of West Oahu, is strongly affected by one of the race’s hottest issues: rail. Future home construction, such as the controversial Hoopili project, is also debated there.
Pine’s challengers were Makakilo resident and longtime educator Kioni Dudley, and a political rival whom Pine unseated in 2012, former Councilman Tom Berg. Kapolei resident Marc Anthony also ran.
Dudley got a 17 percent share of the vote and Berg got a 14 percent share, excluding blank and over votes. Anthony had about 4 percent.
“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done for people,” Pine said while awaiting results. The councilwoman has voted in support of rezoning farmland for the 11,750-unit Hoopili housing project.
She’s also a staunch supporter of completing the full 20 miles of the rail project and often advocates in public for the cash-strapped elevated transit line, saying it would improve the quality of life in Leeward Oahu.
On Saturday, Pine said what her constituents ultimately want are more opportunities on the island’s west side.
“My opponents made rail the biggest issue, but when I talk to people they want jobs close to their homes. They want to spend more time with their families,” Pine said. “They just want the true promise of the second city” — a reference to the development of Kapolei.
Meanwhile, Dudley said that during the primary campaign he found traffic to be the No. 1 issue in the district.
“I’ve campaigned for years … and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Dudley, who has previously run for state representative, governor, lieutenant governor and city councilman. “My feeling is people are really responding to that issue.”
Dudley is a staunch critic of Hoopili and has called for a moratorium on new housing developments in West and Central Oahu.
“If we could stop building and get the new freeway lane in, we could straighten out the traffic that we’ve got right now,” Dudley said Saturday while awaiting results. He supports building the elevated rail pathway to downtown but opposes running it to Ala Moana because he believes “the last five stops are going to be underwater” in several decades.
“The whole city government is bought by the development community,” Dudley added. “I really want to turn things around and put people first and give them their lives back.”
Neither Berg nor Anthony could be reached for comment Saturday.
Councilman Ikaika Anderson, running unopposed to represent districts in Windward Oahu, also secured his re-election to a second four-year term Saturday.