- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Former Hawaii County mayor Harry Kim is once again campaigning for the job.

Kim served as mayor from 2000 to 2008. He says he is running on a platform of restoring the people’s trust in government, West Hawaii Today reported (https://bit.ly/1TByiaK).

“This is something we have to do because it’s right,” Kim said. “The way people feel about the government is not good for any of us. . Trust is something you work for every single day, like any relationship, you work every day to earn the public’s trust.”

Kim entered the 2012 race on the last day to qualify and ended up losing with 49 percent of the vote versus Mayor Billy Kenoi’s 51 percent. Kim had committed to announcing his future candidacy sooner.

The race for the nonpartisan office is open this year as Kenoi reaches his term limit. The mayor appoints department directors and members of commissions and boards.

Also in the race are former Kohala councilman Pete Hoffmann, videographer Wendell Kaehuaea, former county managing director Wally Lau, Shannon McCandless, Jefferson Gourley and Eric Weinert.

“I’m not surprised that Mr. Kim has decided to run for mayor,” Hoffmann said. “He and I had several conversations over the past six months or so. I did ask Harry to join me in a partnership. It would have been a very strong partnership.”

Candidates can file through June 7.

Early voting starts Aug. 1 before the primary election Aug. 13.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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