Mayor Harry Kim to Seek Reelection

April 27, 2020, 6:01 PM HST (Updated April 27, 2020, 7:19 PM)
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Harry Kim. Photo by Josh Pacheco.

NOTE: This post has been updated from its original version to delineate between those who have filed and those who have simply pulled papers to run for the office of Mayor. 

Harry Kim will seek a fourth term as Hawai‘i County Mayor.

The three-term mayor became the 19th candidate to enter a crowded 2020 field vying for the office, according to the state of Hawai‘i Office of Elections. Kim is a longtime public servant, working as Civil Defense Administrator for Hawai‘i County from 1976-2000, and also as mayor from 2000-2008 and 2016-2020.

Mayor Kim will run against several challengers with previous government experience, including several people currently holding offices, such as Hawai‘i County Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i Kleinfelder who represents Western Puna, Hawai‘i County Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Public Works Highways Division Chief Neil Azevedo.

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Other prominent names who have declared for the race include former County Councilmembers Kelly Greenwell and Stacy Higa, former Director of Parks and Recreation Bob Fitzgerald and East Hawai‘i resident Ikaika Marzo who gained internet fame through his videos of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption and later became an activist helping to coordinate recovery efforts.

Also declared are Daniel Cunningham, Harvey Eli, Michael Glendon, Grayden Ha’i-Kelly, Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a, Yumi Kawano, Mike Ruggles, Abolghassem Sadegh, Ted Shaneyfelt, Tante Urban and James Yuda.

The following is a list delineating candidates who have filed papers to run and are officially in the race as of Monday, April 27, 2020, and those who have merely pulled papers but have not made it official:

Filed:

  • Bob Fitzgerald
  • Kelly Greenwell
  • Grayden Ha’i-Kelly
  • Ikaika Marzo
  • Mitch Roth
  • Mike Ruggles
  • Tante Urban
  • James Uda

Pulled Papers:

  • Neil Azevedo
  • Daniel Cunningham
  • Harvey Eli
  • Michael Glendon
  • Stacy Higa
  • Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a
  • Matt Kaneali‘i Kleinfelder
  • Yumi Kawano
  • Harry Kim
  • Abolghassem Sadegh
  • Ted Shaneyfelt

The Primary Election will be held on Aug. 8, 2020. Hawai‘i County mandates a majority victor, meaning the winning candidate must earn 50% of the popular vote to secure the office in the Primary. If that doesn’t happen, the top two vote-getters will advance to the General Election on Nov. 3.

Sherry Bracken of KWXX first reported this story.

Max Dible
Max Dible is the News Director for both Big Island Now and Kauai Now. He also serves as News Director for Pacific Media Group's Hawai‘i Island family of radio stations. He formerly worked as a community reporter for West Hawai‘i Today in Kailua-Kona from 2016 to 2019. Before that, he was a sports editor, sports reporter, and radio talk show personality covering college athletics in Iowa. He's won several regional and national journalism awards, at both the collegiate and professional levels, for breaking news, long-form feature writing, and his work as a sports columnist.

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