Hawai‘i County Will Have New Mayor

August 8, 2020, 10:51 PM HST (Updated August 9, 2020, 1:02 PM)

Hawai‘i County will welcome in a new mayor in the upcoming term.

Former Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth and Ikaika Marzo will compete in a runoff in November to decide who will assume the mantle of Hawai‘i County Mayor after Harry Kim was defeated in Saturday’s primary.


Roth took 31.1% of the vote with 20,225 ballots cast in his favor, while Marzo claimed 21.2% of the vote with 13,764 ballots submitted for him. Three-time and current Mayor Harry Kim finished third with 15.4% of the vote.

In other election news, Jeanné Kapela captured the Democratic nomination of the District 5 State House Seat over Colehour Bondera in a rout. Kapela earned 3,325 votes to Bondera’s 1,457 votes.

Rebecca Villegas captured the contested Hawai‘i County Council Chair for Kona’s 7th District over Jane Clement by a total of 3,167 votes to Clement’s 2,349 votes.

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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