Filipino American Candidates Advancing to the General Election

By Jim Bea Sampaga

Prior to the Aug. 8 primary election, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle (HFC) featured 30 Filipino American candidates running for various positions in public office. More than 10 Fil-Am candidates advanced to the general election with some of them facing off with fellow Fil-Am candidate.

In City Council District 9, Will Espero and Augusto Tulba took the top two positions with 39.68% and 36.66% respectively. While in State House District 30, Sonny Ganaden and Tess Quilingking took the top two spots. Their names are on the general election ballot to determine the winner for the respective seats.

To echo HFC’s July 17 article, “exercising your right to vote by registering and learning more about the candidates are crucial in the upcoming [general] election.” Here’s a quick rundown of all the Fil-Am candidates you will see in your general election ballot and the positions they are running for.

Gil S. Coloma Keith-Agaran, Running for State Senate, District 5 (Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului)

Jacob Aki, Running for Honolulu City Councilmember District 7 (Kalihi, Lwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island, And Sand Island)

Ernest Kanamu Balinbin, Running for State House, District 10 (West Maui, Ma’alaea, North Kihei)

Addison Bulosan, Running for Kauai County Councilmember

Radiant Cordero, Running for Honolulu City Councilmember District 7 (Kalihi, Lwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island, And Sand Island)

Ty J.K. Cullen, Running for State House, District 39 (Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo, West Loch)

Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Running for State Senate, District 22 (Mililani Mauka, Waipiʻo Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawā, Whitmore Village, Poamoho)

Will Espero, Running for Honolulu City Councilmember, District 9 (Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point, Portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach)

Sonny M. Ganaden, Running for State House, District 30 (Kalihi Kai, Sand Island, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Halawa Valley Estate)

Diamond Garcia, Running for State House, District 43 (Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili)

Trish La Chica, Running for State House, District 36 (Mililani Mauka, Mililani)

Austin Maglinti, Running for State House, District 39 (Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo, West Loch)

Rose Martinez, Running for State House, District 40 (‘Ewa, ‘Ewa Beach, ‘Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point)

Lanakila Mangauil, Running for Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Resident Trustee

Bennette Misalucha, Running for State Senate, District 16 (Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ʻAiea, Royal Summit, ʻaiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Hālawa, Pearl Harbor)

Tess Abalos Quilingking, Running for State House, District 30 (Kalihi Kai, Sand Island, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Halawa Valley Estate)

Joy San Buenaventura, Running for State Senate, District 2 (Puna, Kaʻū)

Shirley Simbre-Medeiros, Running for Kauai County Councilmember

Joseph Kaahema Simpliciano Jr, Running for State House, District 44 (Maili, Waianae, Makaha and Makua)

Augusto Tulba, Running for Honolulu City Councilmember District 9 (Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point, Portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach)

Dominic Yagong, Running for Hawaii County Councilmember District 1 (Portion of South Hilo, North Hilo, Hāmākua, and Portion of Waimea)


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