Anti-Rail Slate for Honolulu Races?

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano won’t be the only anti-rail candidate on Honolulu ballots come Nov. 6.

There are three contested races for Honolulu City Council, and each one has a candidate who has spoken out against the $5.26 billion project.

Cayetano is running for Honolulu mayor and has vowed to kill rail if elected. He was the clear frontrunner in the Aug. 11 primary, winning 44 percent of the vote.

Initially, there were only supposed to be two anti-rail council candidates on the upcoming general election ballot — Tom Berg and Ann Kobayashi. But when Tulsi Gabbard resigned from the council last month it cleared the way for Sam Aiona.

The former state legislator and Hawaii GOP chairman has already characterized himself as the anti-rail choice for District 6, which includes parts of Makiki, downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Liliha, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Kalihi Valley and some of Kalihi.

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