As Iseri trumps in the Kauai prosecutors’ race

Rebecca Like won the race to keep her temporary job as Kauai’s acting district attorney against former county district attorney Shaylene Iseri, who lost her bid for a comeback.

Like, who has never held public office before, obtained 72.2% of the vote against 27.8% for Iseri, according to the first results.

The election pitted two former opponents against each other.

As Iseri sued in 2012, alleging that Iseri retaliated against her when she was an assistant district attorney because she had not participated in Iseri’s re-election campaign. It was one of half a dozen civil lawsuits that named Iseri as a defendant during her time as Kauai’s chief prosecutor.

A ballot box on the side of the road
As will complete former county attorney Justin Kollar’s remaining term, which ends in 2024. Kollar, who voters elected to serve three four-year terms, resigned in September to move to California. Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

Now able to reshape law enforcement, Like said she would work to reduce the number of people who go to jail for one-time petty offenses and advocate for full use of mental health and addictions services. in the criminal justice system.

Rebecca Like is a political newcomer who has worked in the Attorney General’s Office for nine years. Courtesy: Rebecca Like/2021

In her new role, Like said she would improve programs to help former inmates reintegrate into society and strengthen social services and diversion programs for people who commit minor offenses, such as trespassing or disorderly behavior. , and who do not have access to mental health care or housing.

Throughout his campaign, Like has touted his managerial skills. As the boss of a 45-person team, she said she would be predictable and consistent.

Like is endorsed by his predecessor Justin Kollar, who resigned in September to move to California. Kollar described Like as honest and smart, adding that she “has never shown up unprepared for anything since I’ve known her.”

“She’s a great litigator,” he said, “as well as someone who’s been a manager for the past nine years. She’s got integrity and she’s got experience.

Kollar’s resignation triggered the special election, which cost taxpayers about $475,000. As the county’s newly elected senior prosecutor, Like, of Anahola, will complete Kollar’s remaining term, which ends in 2024.

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