There are 14 candidates vying for four district seats on the Honolulu City Council this year. All of them deserve a close look by voters.
District 4 (Hawaii Kai to Ala Moana Park): This is a rematch between the incumbent Trevor Ozawa and former state legislator Tommy Waters, who lost in the 2014 Council election to Ozawa by a mere 41 votes. Also in the hunt is Natalie Iwasa, a CPA and advocate for bicycle-friendly streets, who made a strong showing in the 2014 race for this seat. The fourth candidate is Ricky Marumoto, an assistant golf professional at Honolulu Country Club.
Waters, an attorney, served three terms in the state House between 2002-2008. His top priorities for this district are public safety and increasing the number of police officers; homelessness and the need for Housing First; and overdevelopment and the proliferation of monster houses.
Iwasa, a member of the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board, calls for revamping many of the city’s operations to make them more efficient. Marumoto wants the city to focus on flooding in East Oahu and dangerous street conditions.
Ozawa, a Martin ally and sometimes fierce critic of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, has been an outspoken, activist Council member, taking high-profile positions on everything from monster houses to diaper-changing facilities in new buildings. He has been a strong voice on the Council for accountability and transparency regarding the rail transit. Sometimes Ozawa goes too far and is forced to pull back, but he works hard for his constituents and the city. He gets our vote for a second term.