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HONOLULU – Today, Council member Kym Pine filed her nomination papers to become an official candidate for Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.

Pine is completing her second four-year term representing West O‘ahu as a member of the Honolulu City Council.

Pine launched her campaign today surrounded by her family, friends, business owners, and community leaders.

“We are all feeling threatened now. I am a leader who fights for the vulnerable, the working class and the marginalized. I first ran for office because increased crime in my neighborhood was ruining the quality of life for kupuna and their ‘ohana,” explained Pine.

“Kym always had our backs as first responders. She’s listened and supported us on the frontlines. She cares about our issues and, because of her work to expand lifeguard hours we will be able to save more lives. We know she’ll continue to work with us as mayor,” stated Kamakani Froiseth, a Honolulu lifeguard.

President and Executive Producer, Emme Tomimbang stated, “ We must have a mayor with current experience working in city hall, who knows the system and who can immediately step in and lead to address our pressing concerns. Kym Pine is already on the job — and has been for 8 years. She has been serving her community and understands the issues facing Honolulu. Born and bred in Hawai‘i, she cares about this place. She knows this place. She is a fresh face for leadership with EXISTING experience in our city government, and that’s why I am supporting her for Mayor of the City and County.”

Pine is the current chair of the Council Committee on Business, Economic Development and Tourism where she is leading the effort to move beyond an economy dependent on tourism and passing legislation to create a culturally and environmentally responsible visitor industry.

She gained wide support for innovative affordable housing policies as Vice Chair of the City Council and Chair of the Council Committee on Zoning and Housing

Prior to her service on the Honolulu City Council, Kym was elected to four terms in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives, representing the communities of Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, and Pu’uloa. From 2010–2012, her colleagues selected her as the House Minority Floor Leader.

The granddaughter of Filipino immigrants, Pine was born and raised on O‘ahu’s North Shore and Manoa. She excelled as a student and athlete while attending Waialua and Moanalua High Schools and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley.

Kym lives in Ewa Beach with her husband Brian, daughter Allie, puppies Max and Mochi, and two rescue cats Rocky and Pebbles.   Kym is available for media interviews on site or after the filing.