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Longtime prosecutor Mitch Roth sworn in as Hawaii County mayor

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth
Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth(HNN File)
Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 1:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth is now mayor.

He became the first to be inaugurated in Kona during a virtual event.

Roth takes over at a tumultuous time because of the pandemic. During Monday’s inauguration, Roth revealed that his son was diagnosed with COVID-19.

He says he knows first hand how important it is to have safeguards in place for travelers and plans to support the Safe Travels program.

“I really appreciate that we have the Safe Travels. If not, he would’ve came last week and I would’ve started to feel the feeling of the sickness and I appreciate that being there and sometimes we’re going to make decisions that people won’t like, but are actually done for the right reasons,” Roth said.

Roth says the challenge ahead will be balancing the economy with the health and safety of the economy. He called on the community to work together to control the pandemic.

Roth, a longtime county prosecutor, defeated community organizer Ikaika Marzo in November’s general election.

He replaces Harry Kim, who spent 32 years as the head of Hawaii County Civil Defense and completed a third term as mayor.

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