Council approves special election for Gabbard's seat

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council met Wednesday morning to authorize a special election for Tulsi Gabbard's seat following her resignation last week. Gabbard left to focus on her race for congress.

The special election to replace Gabbard will e held during the general election. That saves the city about $150,000.

Gabbard says it's also better because the general election will have a bigger voter turnout than a special election.

Candidate filing started Wednesday and runs through the last day of candidate filing at 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 31.

Candidates must be a registered voter and resident in Council District VI. No signatures are required to run in this special election.

One of the first to pull papers for Gabbard's seat, former Honolulu City Councilman Jon Yoshimura.

Yoshimura served on the council from 1994-2002. He says the most important issues are infrastructure and public safety.

"The people of District 6 are my special interest. I really look forward to serving them again and I'm very excited about the campaign ahead," Yoshimura said. "We've tried to mobilize as quickly as possible and I think that you can see that we're going to be a force to be reckoned with."

Yoshimura moved back to Hawaii last year, as an executive of SolarCity, after working in Washington D.C. for six years with Senator Daniel Akaka.

For more information on how to obtain nomination papers and a candidate fact sheet you can go to the City Clerk's office in room 10 of Honolulu Hale or click HERE.

The City Clerk says there are more than 52,000 registered voters in Council District VI. The voter registration deadline for the General Election is October 8, 2012.

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