by Andrew Walden
With no announcement, fanfare, or notice by the media, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim pulled papers to run for reelection, Monday, April 20, 2020. (Link: Pg 22.)
If he files, Kim will be among as many as 19 candidates for Mayor.
After a series of heart attacks, Kim, 80, had previously expressed uncertainty about his reelection plans.
WHT November 12, 2019 quoted Kim:
“I owe it to people who want to run and they should know what I’m going to do as fast as I can,” Kim told Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise members last week. “On the other side, people who want to run because they can do better, I feel that they should run regardless of what I do.”
The deadline to file is Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Primary Day is Saturday, August 8, 2020.
If no mayoral candidate breaks 50%, the top two will run off on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
LINK: 275 Candidates File for Election
HNN April 28, 2020: As he grapples with COVID-19 response, Mayor Harry Kim announces re-election bid
BIN April 28, 2020: Kim Explains Motivations Behind His Bid For a Fourth Term for Hawai‘i County Mayor
WHT April 28, 2020: Mayor Harry Kim to seek reelection