The Maui News - Maui Democrat Kaniela Ing unseated Republican incumbent George Fontaine to win the 11th District state House seat representing South Maui in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election, pulling in 61 percent of votes in the hotly contested race.
Ing, 23, received 4,804 votes to Fontaine's 2,769 votes.
"I'm excited. I'm overwhelmed," Ing said Tuesday night. "The people of South Maui made it clear that they wanted some fresh faces, new ideas and some positivity--someone who shares their vision of community and someone who shares the vibrant aloha spirit."
While the dueling campaigns got heated at times, Ing credited Fontaine for running a competitive campaign.
Fontaine, 52, said he was surprised by the results, but congratulated Ing on his win.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed. We're kind of surprised with the results," Fontaine said. "I wish the best for Kaniela being a representative going forward"
Fontaine, a retired captain with the Maui Police Department, has held the seat since being elected in 2010.
Fontaine said he hasn't decided if this election will end his political career.
"It was a lot of hard work," Ing said, "but I'm going to work 10 times as hard as your representative, South Maui."
Ing said he wanted to dedicate his win to his late father, Mark Kaulana Ing.
"He always told me to always be a leader growing up, and never be a follower, but to make sure that you listen to everyone around you and give back to your community," he said. "He taught me to never, never quit, and to keep sharing aloha."