Cash and Candidates for the Honolulu City Council

In the past six months, 15 candidates running for five seats on the nine-member Honolulu City Council have spent $291,534.05 on their campaigns.

That's paltry compared to what's being spent in the mayor's race — more than $1 million so far with more than $2 million raised — but a Civil Beat review of campaign finance reports filed last week shows some council seats could be hotly contested based on the amount of money being thrown around.

Among the highlights are an incumbent who is spending at a feverish pace even though he's basically running unopposed, a five-person race in which two challengers have the dwarfed the fundraising efforts of the current council member and a former state senator who has been relying on his old war chest to carry him through the campaign.

Some candidates didn't file campaign spending reports, which were due at 11:59 p.m. July 12.

Most races have more than two candidates and will appear on the Aug. 11 ballot, with the top two candidates going to a runoff in November. The race for District 5 will not have a primary since there are only two candidates.

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