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Poepoe leading incumbent Clark in House District 13, DeCoite ahead of Ritte in Senate District 7

Mahina Poepoe, the only Molokai candidate in the House District 13 race, was leading incumbent Rep. Linda Clark in the Democratic primary for House District 13 that covers East Maui, Molokai and Lanai, according to the first set of results released by the state Office of Elections on Saturday night.

Poepoe had 1,372 votes, or 39.9 percent, to Clark’s 1,051 votes, or 30.5 percent, followed by Chase Nomura with 557 votes, or 16.2 percent.

Clark has held the District 13 seat since last year when she was appointed by Gov. David Ige to replace now-Sen. Lynn DeCoite.

DeCoite, who beat challenger Walter Ritte by fewer than 100 votes in the 2020 primary, had a much larger lead this time around with 4,956 votes, or 59 percent, to Ritte’s 2,203 votes, or 26.2 percent, in the Democratic primary for the Senate District 7 seat that covers East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Democratic candidate Leo Caires had 540 votes, or 6.4 percent.

In West and South Maui’s Senate District 6, Rep. Angus McKelvey held a strong lead in the Democratic primary with 2,818 votes, or 51.2 percent, to Shaina Forsyth’s 1,048 votes, or 19 percent. Tamara Goebbert collected 731 votes, or 13.3 percent.

In the Republican primary for Senate District 6, Sheila Walker led with 741 votes, or 42.8 percent, to Philip Raya’s 581 votes, or 33.6 percent.

In Central Maui’s House District 9, the only contested race that will be decided by the primary, incumbent Rep. Justin Woodson held a sizable lead with 2,517 votes, or 70.9 percent, to Sam Peralta’s 618 votes, or 17.4 percent.

In South Maui’s House District 11, which has a Democratic and Republican primary, Democrat Terez Amato had 1,818 votes, or 60.8 percent, to fellow Democrat Randal Mahiai’s 682 votes, or 22.8 percent. Republican Netra Halperin narrowly led fellow Republican Shekinah Cantere with 378 votes, or 42.4 percent, to Cantere’s 306 votes, or 34.3 percent.

In West Maui’s House District 14, former Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran had 1,420 votes, or 53.9 percent, to Kanamu Balinbin’s 854 votes, or 32.4 percent.

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, who has no opponent in his Senate District 5 race that covers Central Maui, had 6,387 votes, while Rep. Troy Hashimoto, who also has no opponent in the race for Central Maui’s House District 10, had 3,962 votes.

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