Fil-Ams vie for a spot in the Honolulu City Council

KALIHI, HI — City councilman Joey Manahan is completing his final term, and will be giving up his seat in the upcoming election.

However, his own chief of staff — fellow Filipino-American Radiant Cordero — is one of the candidates running for his seat, and has been working closely with Manahan for almost eight years now.

“She’s somebody who’s going to be able to hit the ground running. Um, you know, I think that’s important because, you know, right now we’re dealing with a rail construction, uh, and you know, the next few years, uh, our district is going to be ground zero for rail and transit-oriented development. And a lot of these issues are ongoing.”

“I decided to run for the Honolulu City Council because it is a community that I grew up in. It’s a community that I continue to serve right now, and I know that we are at a critical time in our community here with huge infrastructure projects that are coming about and we need someone that knows the district, that knows a pulse of the district and is already at the table,” said Cordero.

District 7 represents Kalihi, Iwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island and Sand Island.

It is home to the highest amount of low-income housing on Oahu. If elected, housing will be one of Cordero’s top priorities as well as public safety and transportation issues.

This is Cordero’s first run for public office and will be running against at least two other candidates for the council seat, including Jacob Aki, the chief of staff for state senate majority leader Kalani English, and Filipino educator Ryan Mandado.

The Hawaii primary election has been set for August 8.

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