Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

One of the City Council's anti-rail crusaders in an election matchup versus a Parsons Brinckerhoff engineer? It sounds almost too good to be true.

Yet that's what District 5 voters will be looking at come November.

Ann Kobayashi, 75, has represented the area for almost all of the last decade but is technically looking for a new term after taking over when Duke Bainum died in 2009. Her challenger is 45-year-old Jim Hayes, a geologist and environmental planner. He didn't specify if he works on rail issues for the firm.

Neither Kobyashi nor Hayes will be on the ballot Aug. 11. Because there are only two registered candidates, the primary is deemed unnecessary and both candidates advance to the Nov. 6 general. The four other council races this year each have at least three candidates, as does the mayor's race. When it comes to county elections on Oahu, only the Honolulu prosecutor's race will similarly skip to November.

But voters still need to know where the two candidates stand on the key issues facing Honolulu, so today you can find their questionnaire responses. Civil Beat asked Kobayashi and Hayes to explain their positions on 10 major issues facing the city. There were significant differences on rail, homelessness and sewage.

You can find links to the full responses at the bottom of this article.

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