HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former City Councilman Jon Yoshimura announced that he will run in the special election to fill the Honolulu City Council District VI seat recently held by Tulsi Gabbard.
"The people of Hawaii have chosen well in their resounding support for Tulsi Gabbard. She has actively served District VI with honor and integrity that I will continue," said Yoshimura.
Honolulu District VI includes Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Liliha, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Kalihi Valley, and a portion of Kalihi. If elected, Yoshimura would fill the remaining two years of Gabbard's term. A special election will be held in conjunction with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.
"This is an election for a two-year term. There is no time to learn on the job," said Yoshimura. "Having served two full terms, eight years on the City Council, I have the experience and the passion to serve the people of District VI."
Yoshimura also acknowledged a 1999 drinking and driving incident in which he left the scene after hitting a parked car. "It was a very difficult time for me and my family," said Yoshimura. "It was a difficult time for me and my family, and I handled it poorly, but again I think things happen for a reason.
"It was a very embarrassing time, but it proved to be one of the best lessons of my life, you know? That we need to hold our city officials and our leaders to a higher standard," he said.
Yoshimura returned to the islands last year to accept a position as an executive with SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy services with local operations in Mililani.