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The Conversation: Honolulu City Council Special Election

Catherine Cruz

On Saturday, April 13th the voters of Honolulu City Council District 4 will decide who they want to represent them in local government.  The special election is between Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa. The Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the November election results after a close margin of 22 votes.

Credit Casey Harlow

  The City Clerk has mailed out balllots. Walk in voting is available at Honolulu Hale.

Both candidates are experienced lawmakers, and attorneys. They both graduated from Kamehameha Schools which emphasizes Native Hawaiian culture and values. Trevor Ozawa who has represented the district for the last four years said that experience taught him to be strong, hardworking, industrious and passionate about giving back to the community. Former state representative Tommy Waters said it is ALOHA that drives him. He says treating people with dignity respect, is how he tries to live his life. 

The Conversastion sat down with Ozawa and Waters to talk more about issues important to the district, which stretches from Waikiki to Hawaii Kai. Topics included: affordable housing, homelessness, crime, the Ala Wai Flood Control Project, traffic, rail, animal control and a few listener questions too.

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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