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Apo and Teruya
Ko Olina Resort executive Todd Apo and former City Council aide Patty Teruya will face off in November for the District I City Council seat, which covers Ewa to the Waianae Coast.
"We're happy," Apo said, as he celebrated with supporters earlier in the evening at En Fuego Grill & Poke in Kapolei. "This helps boost our confidence."
Teruya said she was prepared for a head-to-head campaign against Apo in the general election.
"Our team will be ready," she said, as she waited for results at her election headquarters in Waianae. "We're really positive."
City Councilman Mike Gabbard would have been the district's incumbent, but did not run for re-election. Instead, the Republican will challenge incumbent Ed Case for the 2nd Congressional District (rural Oahu, neighbor islands).
Meanwhile, two City Council incumbents who faced opposition on the ballot surpassed the "50 percent-plus-one vote" required to win their seats outright for another four years.
District III City Councilwoman Barbara Marshall took a wide lead for her seat, which represents Kailua, Kaneohe and Waimanalo.
Marshall's opponents -- Merrily "Leigh" Prentiss and Richard Macpherson -- both took less than 10 percent of the vote.
"I'm thrilled," Marshall said, while with supporters last night at Olomana Golf Course in Waimanalo. "This proves that communication with the people makes all the difference."
City Councilman Romy Cachola -- incumbent for the Kalihi-to-Halawa seat -- also secured his position with a large margin.
"I did everything imaginable for me to win, walking, sign-waving, phone banking," he said, as he waited for the final results to come in with supporters at his Kalihi Street home. "The way I approach any election is not to take your opponent for granted. You really have to work hard."
Rocky Ricarte, a Salt Lake resident and pilot, ran against Cachola. He said yesterday that he plans to try again for the seat in 2008.
"I think in four years we might be able to get a better run," he said. "The first step that we took was just trying to get my name out there."
Council members Ann Kobayashi (Kapahulu-to-Kakaako) and Nestor Garcia (Kunia-to-Mililani Town) had no challengers in the race, and needed only one vote in the primary to win a four-year term.
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