Council Candidates Focus on Infrastructure

Rj Brown

Third in a series on City Council candidates and the issues.

The City Council is going to change big time this fall.

Tuesday's news that Council Chairman Todd Apo is resigning threw the future shape of the City Council into even more doubt. The nine-person body was already set to have four new members, either after the primary or after the November general election. Apo represents District 1, and there will be a special election to fill his seat after the general election.

The change in the makeup of the council comes as Honolulu wrestles with financial challenges, a $5.5 billion rail project and how to pay to fix the city's aging sewers and roads.

The three districts in contention are Districts 2, 4 and 6. Breene Harimoto is running uncontested in District 8.

To help voters wade through the 21-candidate pool, Civil Beat sent out a 10-point questionnaire to every candidate running for the council. Their answers help paint a picture of their priorities and their ideas for solving Honolulu's biggest problems.

The responses revealed four major areas of concern: Rail, homelessness, infrastructure and trash.

Today, we'll take a look at the candidates' views on infrastructure.

Five candidates did not respond after a month, despite repeated e-mails and phone calls. We will post the complete answers from the 16 who did by the end of the week.

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