Former Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana wants to return to politics with a bid for the state House seat representing Central Maui against incumbent Justin Woodson. Apana contends he has an edge, having been elected to public office as mayor of Maui County in 1999 and to three terms on the Maui County Council before that. With no other candidates from other parties to face in the general election, the winner of the Democratic primary will secure the House District 9 seat.