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Arakawa maintains commanding lead in mayor's race; Paltin still second

August 10, 2014
The Maui News

8:21 p.m.

With six of 34 precincts reporting, Mayor Alan Arakawa slightly extended his lead in his bid for a third term as Maui mayor.

He garnered 10,136 votes, or 63.9 percent, compared with second-place Tamara "Tam" Paltin's 1,603 ballots, or 10.1 percent, of the vote.

Alana Kay held on to third place with 757 votes, or 4.8 percent, while Nelson Waikiki Jr. jumped into fourth place with 471 votes, or 3 percent.

Orion "Ori" Kopelman dropped to fifth place with 420 votes, or 2.6 percent, and Beau Hawkes stayed in last place with 210 ballots, or 1.3 percent.

7:40 p.m.

In the first printout, Arakawa took a commanding lead in the first printout primary election night, grabbing 9,241 votes, or 63.6 percent, of walk-in and absentee votes.

Paltin was in second place with 1,525 votes, or 10.5 percent. She was followed in third place by Kay with nearly 700 votes, or 4.8 percent.

The remaining candidates, in order of finishing on the first printout, were: Kopelman, 2.8 percent; Waikiki, 2.6 percent; and , 1.3 percent.

In a phone interview, Arakawa said the initial result was "only the first printout." He said that if he's still ahead in the last printout, then he'd be a "happy camper."

Arakawa said his main focus is not on who his opponent might be in the general election, but on his administration's "performance for this community."

The mayor said his administration would keep doing the job of making "this community better and better" with improved roads, parks and communities.

Paltin said she was in the middle of watching the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" when a reporter told her of the first printout results and the likelihood that she'd advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

"Oh wow! Right on!" she said. "I'm really grateful to the family and supporters. It's a real honor to represent the people that believe in me."

Paltin said that if she maintains her second-place position, she looks forward to taking on Arakawa, one-on-one, in the campaign leading up to the general election. She said she's eager to kick her campaign into high gear and start talking more about issues, instead of being in a crowded field.



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