Keiko Bonk is the Green Party nominee this year for Hawaii House of Representatives, 20th district. The incumbent in that district, Democrat Calvin Say, is running for re-election. Say has been in the legislature since 1976 and has been Speaker of the House since 1999.
Bonk was the Green Party’s first winner of a partisan election in the United States. She was elected to the Hawaii County Council in 1992, and re-elected in 1994. She was probably the first person who had ever won a partisan election in Hawaii who was neither a Democrat nor a Republican. Back then, her name was Keiko Bonk-Abramson.
The 20th district is near the University of Hawaii and is the type of district which is often receptive to Green Party campaigns.
Filing for the Hawaii primary closed on June 5. As expected, no one filed to run in the Americans Elect primary for any office. No one filed in the Libertarian Party primary either. The Green Party also has a candidate in the State Senate, 4th district.