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Thompson announces candidacy for Council District 2


Rachel Thompson, of Hilo, has declared her intent to run for the Hawaii County Council. Thompson pulled nomination papers Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Thompson is running for Council District 2, a seat being vacated by Donald Ikeda. She is the fifth candidate to file for the non-partisan seat. Her opponents include Councilman J. Yoshimoto, who currently represents Council District 3, former Waimanalo State Rep. Kenneth Goodenow, procurement specialist Steve Wilhelm, and National Vision Inc. manager Henry Aina.

Thompson was born in Churchtown, N.Y. in 1984. Her family settled in Hilo and she attended kindergarten here before returning to New York so her mother could tend to her ailing grandfather in 1990.

Upon returning to Hilo to 1998, Thompson continued her education at Malamalama Waldorf School in Keaau for eighth grade before moving to the newly constructed Keaau High School in 1999.

Thompson was valedictorian of the first graduating class at Keaau High School in 2003, and she received her Diploma Magna Cum Laude. She received her paralegal degree from the University of Colorado in 2007, and her Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Hawaii Community College in 2010.

Thompson has worked at the law offices of Robert Marx as office manager and senior paralegal since 2007.

Thompson has already collected the required signatures to get her name on the ballot and is now seeking signatures to qualify for the Comprehensive Public Funding Program (CPFP).

The CPFP is a pilot program on the Big Island that allows Council candidates to receive a set amount of public funding for their campaign if they are able to meet a threshold of 200 signatures and an accompanying $5 check or money order from registered voters in their District. The program prohibits the candidate from receiving any private funding and removes the outside influence of money on campaigns.

The Second County Council District runs from the Puna Side of the Wailuku River, encompasses all of Kaumana, downtown Hilo, and most of lower Waiakea Uka.

Thompson lives and works in downtown Hilo, and her two children attend Connections Public Charter School in the Kress Building on Kamehameha Avenue.

One Response to “Thompson announces candidacy for Council District 2”

  1. parv says:

    Could anybody tell me the reasons to vote for Rachel T instead of anybody else?


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