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Kama, Cook, U’u-Hodgins, Sugimura leading council races

Incumbent Council Member Tasha Kama led challenger Buddy Nobriga by just over 200 votes in a field of seven candidates for the Maui County Council’s Kahului residency seat, according to the first results released by the state Office of Elections on Saturday night.

Kama had 6,752 votes, or 24.7 percent, to Nobriga’s 6,517 votes, or 23.9 percent. The next closest challenger was Carol Lee Kamekona, who had 4,164 votes, or 15.3 percent.

Incumbent Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura had the most commanding lead of all the council races, with 15,548 votes, or 57 percent, to challenger Jordan Hocker’s 4,423 votes, or 16.2 percent. Renee Cruz trailed with 3,332 votes, or 12.2 percent.

In the five-candidate race for the open Makawao-Haiku-Paia seat, Nohe U’u-Hodgins led with 8,388 votes, or 30.7 percent, followed by Dave DeLeon with 5,472 votes, or 20 percent. The seat is one of two open on the council after current Council Member Mike Molina made a run for mayor.

The other open residency seat for South Maui was led by candidate Tom Cook, who had 10,320 votes, or 37.8 percent, to Robin Knox’s 7,984 votes, or 29.2 percent. Dennis O’Shea followed at 2,812 votes, or 10.3 percent. Current Council Member Kelly Takaya King is also leaving the seat to run for mayor.

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