Tom Berg, a state House aide, claimed victory tonight in the special election to fill a Leeward vacancy on the Honolulu City Council with 18.49% of the vote in a crowded field.
Berg earned slightly more votes — 2,308 — than he did in his unsuccessful run as a Republican in November in state House District 42, where he drew 2,177 against his former boss, state Rep. Rida Cabanilla, (D-Waipahu, Honouliuli, Ewa).
But his council total was less than the 2,665 votes he captured during his first run at Cabanilla in 2008.
Berg worked for state Rep. Kymberly Pine, (R-Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa), after leaving Cabanilla after a dispute. Pine had expressed interest in the Leeward council seat in 2012. But she ruled out a run in the special election — triggered after Todd Apo resigned from the council to work for Disney’s Ko Olina resort — so she could concentrate on retaining her House seat.