Ikaika Anderson wins windward city council seat

Councilmember-elect Ikaika Anderson
Councilmember-elect Ikaika Anderson
Steve Holmes
Steve Holmes
Leigh Prentice
Leigh Prentice
Councilmember Barbara Marshall represented windward Oahu from 2003 until her death in 2009
Councilmember Barbara Marshall represented windward Oahu from 2003 until her death in 2009

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Oahu's windward side has spoken! Ikaika Anderson is overwhelmingly elected to fill the Honolulu City Council's district three seat, which represents Waimanalo, Kailua and Kaneohe.

These are the numbers for the top three finishers.

Ikaika Anderson gets nearly 50% of the votes.

Former councilman Steve Holmes is second with about 14%.

And Tracy Nakano Bean takes third with just about 10%.

More than 25,000 were spread amongst 11 different candidates in the state's first ever vote-by-mail election. A move that aimed at not only saving the government money but also increasing voter participation.

"It's very different from all of my other elections," said Candidate Steve Holmes.

Excitement and anticipation.

"It's so hard to predict," said Holmes.

The clock ticks six as Steve Holmes' team reads election results online. Placing second, the former three-term councilman won't serve a fourth.

"This is Ikaika Anderson's night," said Holmes.

At Ikaika Anderson's the atmosphere is electric. He's now a councilman-elect.

"We're pleased, very honored," said Councilman-elect Ikaika Anderson.

Anderson served as an aide to the late Barbara Marshall. A former competitor of hers questions the councilman-elect's abilities.

"The windward community has been beguiled by a very slick political campaign," said former candidate Leigh Prentice.

"For those folks that unfortunately doubt my abilities and want to continue the negative campaigning, I won't name names, that's fine. We need to move forward and I'll do that," said Anderson.

As for Holmes, he says his political career is over.

"I don't take money from special interest groups and so basically I funded this through my retirement account," said Holmes.

With every end comes a new beginning. The councilman-elect says the election isn't only a win for him, but all of Windward Oahu.

"I'll represent the district the same way Barbara did. Listen to all sides of every issue and after examining the data and reviewing all the information, i'll make a responsible decision," said Anderson.

Candidate John Henry Felix came in fifth, in a statement he said:

"I want to send my sincere aloha and congratulations to Ikaika and his 'ohana. I hope we all live up to Barbara Marshall's passion and hard work."

Councilman-elect Anderson will officially be sworn into his seat in about three weeks.

The special election was conducted exclusively by mail-in ballot.