HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former state representative and one-time Republican gubernatorial candidate Andria Tupola shot out to an insurmountable lead in her race for the Honolulu City Council’s District I seat early on Saturday night, handily winning the seat.
“We had some confidence going into it seeing we had really done some groundwork with voters,” Tupola told Hawaii News Now. “There is so much work to be done.”
In a distant second and third place were competitors Kathy Davenport and Anthony Makana Paris.
The non-partisan District I race requires a 50% plus one vote majority to win outright.
Tupola wasn’t the only City Council candidate who was enjoying a significant lead.
Longtime former state Rep. Calvin Say also secured enough votes in the District V seat to win outright.
Meanwhile, former state Sen. Wil Espero and comedian Augie T. will advance to the general election.
Five of the nine City Council seats were on the primary election ballot. And the new council will face a long list of challenges, not least of which is the economic fallout of the pandemic.
This story will be updated.