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Buenaventura wins Dem nomination, Ilagan re-elected

August 16, 2014 - 4:15am

While most eyes were watching results of the Democratic U.S. Senate primary Friday night, a state representative lost her re-election bid and a County Council member claimed his seat.

State Rep. Faye Hanohano, seeking her fifth term for the House District 4 seat representing Hawaiian Acres, Pahoa and Kalapana, lost to attorney Joy San Buenaventura 1,624 votes to 764. Also running were Brian Jordan (549 votes), Leilanni Bron-Crelly (503 votes), and Julia K. Peleiholani (304votes).

Buenaventura now faces Republican Gary Thomas in the General Election.

Hanohano ran on a platform of geothermal home rule, preserving the county’s share of the transient accommodations tax and protecting lifeguards from liability, but she became controversial earlier this year when she used several racial slurs when complaining about artwork in her Capitol office. As chairwoman of the Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee, she berated a testifier who wanted to protect marine animals that Hanohano said were traditional Hawaiian food sources. She received a letter of reprimand from the House speaker for her actions.

Buenaventura has campaigned on giving people a choice, and protecting the working poor from losing their assets. She is one of hundreds of Puna residents who’ve gone more than seven days without power following Tropical Storm Iselle.

In the County Council District 4 race, incumbent Greggor Ilagan won the seat with 2,032 votes, earning more than 50 percent of the vote thus being duly elected. Roy Lozano garnered 729 votes. Former councilwoman Emily Naeole had 630 votes and Madie Green had 381 votes.