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Election 2020
Marzo vs Roth: Hawaiʻi County Mayoral Race
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI

Hawaiʻi County will see a changing of the guard in its Mayor’s office, after three-term incumbent Mayor Harry Kim did not advance to the General Election.

The top vote-getter in the Primary was Mitch Roth, who is completing his second term as Hawaiʻi County’s elected prosecutor. The former teacher was a high school dropout before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi and a law degree from Whittier College in California.

The second-place finisher was Hawaiʻi Island native Ikaika Marzo, an entrepreneur and slack key guitarist. His childhood home in Kalapana was destroyed by lava in the 1990s. As an adult, he organized a grassroots effort to help those displaced by lava during the months-long eruption of Kīlauea Volcano in Puna through the summer of 2018.

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