Solomon loses, Hanohano trailing after Saturday primary


State Sen. Malama Solomon was defeated, while Rep. Faye Hanohano was trailing in Saturday’s primary election.

Lorraine Inouye, a former state senator and Hawaii County Mayor, defeated Solomon with 58.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in the Senate District 4 race. Inouye, who lost to Solomon by 69 votes in 2012, will face Libertarian Alain Schiller in the Nov. 4 general election.

Joy San Buenaventura was beating Hanohano with 41 percent of the vote among the five Democrats running in the House District 4 race. Hanohano was in second with 18 percent.

The district includes two precincts that were closed due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle. The state Office of Elections plans to mail absentee ballots to the affected voters, which leaves that race undecided.

In that race, 1,162 votes were cast and San Buenaventura was ahead by 270 votes.

Four County Council races were decided Saturday with top candidates winning over 50 percent of the vote.

Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter won the District 1 race after defeating challenger Larry Gering with 79 percent.

Aaron Chung, a former councilman, will return after receiving 70 percent in the five-person District 2 race.

Maile David-Medeiros beat two other candidates for the open District 6 seat with 68 percent.

North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff beat her challenger, Sean Hunter, with 78.5 percent.

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who faced two challengers, came close to securing victory with 48 percent. She will face Ronald Gonzales, who received 28 percent, in the general election.

Puna makai Councilman Greggor Ilagan was ahead with 273 votes, or nearly 39 percent, in the District 4 race. That contest also includes the two closed precincts and results are not considered final.

As of Saturday, there were 704 votes cast in that race. Roy Lozano was in second with 193 votes, or 27 percent. Emily Naeole, a former councilwoman, was in third with 138 votes, or about 19.5 percent. Madie Greene was in fourth with 100 votes, or 14 percent.

Daniel Paleka Jr. was ahead in the seven-person District 5 race, which covers Puna mauka, with nearly 38 percent.

He will face Tiffany Edwards Hunt, who received 33 percent, in the general election.

Council members Dennis Onishi and Dru Kanuha were unopposed.

In other races, Sen. Gil Kahele, D-Hilo, and Rep. Clift Tsuji, D-Hilo, both easily beat their Democratic challengers.

Kahele received 82 percent in the Senate District 1 contest and will face Libertarian Gregory Arianoff in the general election.

Tsuji received 87 percent of the vote in the Senate District 2 race. He does not have a challenger in the general election.

Rep. Richard Creagan, who is running for a full term after being appointed to the position in January, beat Democratic challenger Gene Leslie with 56.5 percent in the House District 5 race. He will face Libertarian Jon Lalanne and Republican Dave Bateman in the general election.

Rep. Nicole Lowen, D-Kona, beat Democratic challenger Kalei Akaka with 62 percent in the House District 6 race. She will face Republican Kelly Valenzuela in the general election.

Democrats Sen. Josh Green, Rep. Mark Nakashima and Rep. Richard Onishi did not have Democratic challengers in the primary.

They will each face their Republican or Libertarian opponents in the general election.

Email Tom Callis at tcallis@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

 

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