Final Kona Kohala County Council Candidate Forum on Monday

On Monday, October 8, there is a moderated candidate forum at Kealakehe High School cafeteria starting at 6 p.m. featuring two sets of candidates.
The candidates for County Council for District 6, Volcano through South Kona, are Maile David and incumbent Brenda Ford.  The candidates for County Council for District 9, Waikoloa through Kohala, are Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille.  The candidates for District 7, Dru Kanuha, and District 8, Karen Eoff, are no longer in contention; both won in the Primary so they are not included in this forum.

The public is encouraged to attend even if they live in different districts from the candidates, as two of these candidates will represent the island, in addition to their own district,  on the Hawaii County Council.

Because there are only two candidates for each office, the candidates will have time to more fully discuss their ideas and positions.  They will have opportunities to comment on some of their opponents’ answers.  The moderator will be Sherry Bracken of LAVA 105.3 fm radio and Hawaii Public Radio.   Timers will be Marni Herkes of League of Women Voters and Hazel Beck of the Small Business Development Corporation.

There will be no food sales at this forum, so the audience members are encouraged to bring their own.

The County Council Candidate Forum will be carried live on LAVA 105.3 fm islandwide from 6 p.m. until 8  p.m.  KLEI TV 6 will film the forum and air it Tuesday evening, October 9, at 8 p.m.

The forum sponsors include Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, West Hawaii Today,, Mahalo Broadcasting/LAVA 105.3 fm, and Rotary of Kona, as well as Kealakehe High School.   The League of Women Voters will have Absentee Ballot applications and the pros and cons of the State Constitutional Amendments and the County Charter Amendments.

The public may submit questions via email to or via fax to 769-5050.   And don’t forget to set your DVR to record the Hirono-Lingle debate on KHON Channel 2 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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