Sam Aiona to seek Tulsi Gabbard's vacated city council seat

Sam Aiona. Photo courtesy:
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former state representative Sam Aiona announced Thursday that he is running for the Honolulu City Council seat in District 6.

The open seat comes after U.S. Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard resigned on Aug. 16.

Aiona says he based the decision to run on two important factors.

"Of all the major candidates running in the special election, none of them are speaking for the vast majority of voters who oppose the city's planned rail project," Aiona said. "Voters are sending a clear message to city officials that they do not want the project and I believe the voters from Makiki to Kalihi deserve an opportunity to voice their opinion at the ballot box."

Aiona says he is also frustrated with "political shenanigans that stop government from working for the people."

Aiona previously served in the State House from 1996 to 1998. He then served as Party Chair from 2005 to 2007.

From 2003 to 2010, he served as Executive Director of the State Office of Community Service.

Aiona is a small business owner and has also served on numerous community organizations over the past 20 years.

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