Rachel Thompson Files Nomination Papers for Hawaii County Council District 2 Seat

Rachel Thompson, of Hilo, has declared her intent to run for the Hawaiʻi County Council. Thompson pulled her Nomination Papers on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Thompson is running for the Second Council District, a seat being vacated by Councilman Donald Ikeda. She is the fifth candidate to file for the non-partisan seat.  Her opponents include sitting Councilmember J. Yoshimoto, who currently represents Council District 3, former Waimanalo State House Representative Kenneth Goodenow, Procurement Specialist Steve Wilhelm, and National Vision Inc. Manager Henry Aina.

Thompson was born in Churchtown, New York in 1984 and moved to Hilo shortly thereafter. Her family settled in Hilo and she attended Kindergarten here before returning to New York so her mother could tend to her ailing grandfather in 1990. While in New York, she attended Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Upon returning to Hilo to 1998, Thompson continued her education at Malamalama Waldorf School in Keaau for 8th grade before moving to the newly constructed Keaʻau High School in 1999. Thompson was the Valedictorian of the first graduating class at Keaʻau High School in 2003, and she received her Diploma Magna Cum Laude. She received her paralegal degree from the University of Colorado in 2007, and her Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Hawaii Community College in 2010. Thompson has worked at the Law Offices of Robert Marx as the Office Manager and Senior Paralegal since 2007.

Thompson has already collected the required signatures to get her name on the ballot and is now seeking signatures from constituents in the Second Council District to qualify for the Comprehensive Public Funding Program (CPFP). The CPFP is a pilot program on the Big Island that allows Council Candidates to receive a set amount of public funding for their campaign if they are able to meet a threshold of 200 signatures and an accompanying $5 check or money order from registered voters in their District. The program prohibits the candidate from receiving any private funding and removes the outside influence of money on campaigns.

The Second County Council District runs from the Puna Side of the Wailuku River, encompasses all of Kaumana, downtown Hilo, and most of lower Waiakea Uka. Thompson lives and works in downtown Hilo, and her two children attend Connections Public Charter School in the Kress Building on Kamehameha Avenue.

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  1. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!! xoxox

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