Sen. English overcomes local challenges in primary election

Molokai candidate Barbara Haliniak lost the Democratic primary election on Saturday to incumbent J. Kalani English for the 7th State Senate District. English received 5,456 votes (66.8 percent) to 1,994 votes for Haliniak (24.4 percent).

With no Republican or Independent challenger, Sen. J. Kalani English is guaranteed re-election in November after winning the Democratic primary on Saturday. Sen. English has served the 7th Senate District since 2000.

Kanohowailuku Helm, another Molokai resident attempting to challenge Sen. English for the 7th District seat, came up short in his bid as a non-partisan candidate. Helm needed 10 percent of the total vote count to advance to the Nov. 6 general election. He received 316 votes across Maui County, 107 votes on Molokai. With only 8.7 percent of Democratic votes leaving the space blank (713 blanks) it did not lower the total vote count enough for Helm to earn a spot on the Nov. 6 ballot.

On Molokai, 20.8 percent of the registered voters (4,061 people) voted in Saturday’s primary. Across Maui County, 30.6 percent of registered voters turned out.

Compared to two years ago, the voter turnout on Molokai was almost identical. The 2010 primary saw 818 Molokai residents, or 20.75 percent, show up to vote. This year 844 people, or closer to 20.8 percent of Molokai’s registered voters, turned out.

Haliniak earned the most votes on Molokai, receiving 347 votes across four precincts (the precinct of Kalaupapa, with 47 registered voters, received 0 votes for any candidate). English received 222 Molokai votes.

In the only contested Maui County Council seat election, incumbent Mike Victorino beat out Joseph Blackburn and Lisa Gapero for the Wailuku, Waihee and Waikapu seat.

Former Molokai resident now living on Maui, Ekolu Kalama, won the Republican nomination for State Rep. District 12. He will face Democrat Kyle Yamashita in the general election.


One Response

  1. I congratulate Barbara and Kanoho for campaigning and it was interesting to follow their campaigns as well as Kalani’s. I realized people don’t get out to vote.

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