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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 3, 2010

City Council considering attorney Jonathan Lai, five others to fill Djou's vacant seat

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu City Council's Executive Affairs Committee approved a resolution by an 8-0 vote today that put attorney Jonathan Lai's name forward as the next council member for Council District 4.

Lai is one of six candidates which City Council members are considering seriously to fill the remaining seven months on the seat left vacant following Charles Djou's election to U.S. Congress.

The other five are: Lee Donohue, Donna Ikeda, Carl Takamura Lori Wingard and Brian Yamane.

Lai's name was inserted into a resolution that advanced out of today's Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee, so it will be his name on the document when it comes for a final vote before the full council on next Wednesday.

But council staff has also been asked to draw up drafts for each of the five other candidates.

Lai, a private attorney, is being supported by Djou. Donohue is former Honolulu police chief. Ikeda, Takamura and Yamane are former state legislators. Wingard was formerly Djou's chief of staff.

Whoever is selected would serve until Jan. 2, when the person elected in a special election in the fall will take over and fill the remaining two years on the term that previously belonged to Djou.