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Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi excited about primary election outcome

Ann Kobayashi Ann Kobayashi
Ruo Xie Ruo Xie
Donovan Dela Cruz Donovan Dela Cruz

By Diane Ako - bio | email

UNIVERSITY (KHNL) - She's got some hard work ahead for the next month and a half until the general election. That's what mayoral candidate Ann Kobayashi said, but she's ready to get to work.

Live music kept the energy up in the room all Saturday night, and in the crowd were high profile supporters like State Representative Scott Nishikawa and State Senator Colleen Hanabusa.

Kobayashi mingled most of the night. Though she trailed the mayor in all printouts, she was happy. "We got this far with very little money. We got a very late start. We got this far. We're very hopeful," she said.

Her managers hoped to prevent Mayor Mufi Hannemann from winning outright. Ruo Xie, campaign co-chair, said, "We're very happy with the results. We have a great campaign. Everyone's working really hard now."

After the final printout, Kobayashi took the stage to thank supporters. "It's not my victory. It's your victory," she said to cheers and applause. Kobayashi's campaign managers say the biggest challenge they face going into the general election is funding.

Campaign chair Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz acknowledged, "We don't have the millions of dollars Mufi (Hannemann) has or his organization but we have a lot of people and volunteers. People are campaigning for Ann because they believe in her."

Kobayashi continued, "We have a lot of work but we want the public to know the true answers to so many questions. And we'll get them out there in the next few weeks."

Kobayashi got into this race because of mass transit, but her other issues include Oahu's landfill, lowering property taxes, increasing recycling, and resurfacing roads.

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