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Councilwoman Brittany Smart to Run for Hawaii State House of Representative District 3 Seat

Brittany Smart announced today that she be seeking the Hawaii State House of Representative District 3 seat. “Due to Mr. Herkes’ announcement to run for the Hawaii State Senate, there is now an open House seat.

Councilwoman Brittany Smart

District 3’s representative at the State legislature needs to have an understanding of the unique challenges that this community faces. Due to my experience as a Councilmember, I believe I am able to accurately represent this area.”

Ms. Smart wanted to sincerely thank all of her constituents for their support throughout her Council term. At the encouragement of her constituency, Ms. Smart seriously began considering a run for the State House. “I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of requests for me to continue representing my constituents at the next level.”


Councilwoman Smart Will Not Be Seeking a Second Council Term at This Time

Brittany Smart announced today that she will not be seeking a second council term at this time, but is keeping her options open for the future. “Due to personal reasons, I am unable to commit to another two year term at this time. I am honored to serve District 6, but have to think of what’s best for the people,” she stated.

Councilowoman Brittany Smart

Ms. Smart, however, expressed her support for Councilmember Brenda Ford for the District 6 seat. “Ms. Ford is completely dedicated to this job and has my utmost confidence in accurately representing the district,” Ms. Smart said. “Ms. Ford is very knowledgeable in issues that face rural areas, such as lack of government access and infrastructure, agricultural issues, and sufficient police presence. Ms. Ford has promised to follow through on any projects that may remain at the end of my term, such as the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym, the Ocean View Transfer Station, and last, but not least, a Ka`u Council office for public testimony.”

Ms. Smart wanted to sincerely thank all of her constituents for their support and to assure them that she will continue to diligently advocate for the District for the remainder of her term. Ms. Smart also thanked the Council members and the Mayor’s administration for their help and support as well. Lastly, she sent heartfelt thanks to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his support, especially in providing the $17.9 million dollars for the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym.