Executive Positions for Maui Democratic Party

Pursuant to our bylaws;

  1. Official nomination papers shall be made available to the membership at least forty-five (45) days before an odd year Maui County Convention.
  2. All candidates shall file nomination papers signed by not less than ten (10) certified members of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i residing in the County or island represented. Nomination papers shall be filed with the Recording Secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the Maui County Convention.
  3. The Vice-Chair of Rules and Legal Matters shall review all nominee qualifications and present all qualified candidates at the Maui County Convention. The Organization and Outreach Committee is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all positions have candidates for election.

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Positions available to run for include:
1. CHAIR.
A. The Chair shall have the power and duty to appoint the members of all standing committees and the chair and members of special committees, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
B. Should the delegates to the State Convention fail to fill all of the at-large and senatorial seats on the State Central Committee to which Maui County is entitled, the Chair shall have the authority to appoint qualified members to fill such vacant positions, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Appointees shall meet the requirements as set forth in ARTICLE V, SECTION 1,2,3 and 4 of the General Laws of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i. The names of such appointees shall be transmitted to the State Central Committee within forty-five (45) days following adjournment of the biennial State Convention or if a vacancy occurs subsequent to adjournment of the State Convention forty-five (45) days following occurrence of the vacancy.
C. Be responsible for calling special meetings; for giving proper notice of such; and for arranging for meeting places for both special and regular meeting
D. Attend meetings of the State Central Committee and its select committees, and shall report on their proceedings at regular meetings of the Maui County Committee.
E. Maintain and update member information in the county membership database.
F. As necessary, collaborate with the Chairs of the Hawai‘i County Democratic Party and the Kaua‘i County Democratic Party to articulate and advocate for neighbor island concerns and views on Party procedural and policy matters, and report back to the County Committee on such matters.

2. VICE-CHAIRS OF MAUI, MOLOKA‘I AND LANA‘I.
A. The Vice-Chairs shall assist the Chair in fulfilling their responsibilities and shall serve as the liaisons of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee for Party members on their respective islands. These officers shall be members of the Organization and Outreach Committee and be responsible for assisting the Vice-Chair for Organization and Outreach in coordinating the activities of membership development, voter identification, and ‘get out the vote’ activities on their respective islands.
B. Vice-Chairs shall also work with each district chair on their respective island to ensure all precinct and district positions are filled.
In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair representing the island of residence of the Chair shall be responsible for carrying on the functions of the Chair.

3. VICE-CHAIR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
A. The Vice-Chair of Information Technology shall be responsible for creating and maintaining the county party website. They shall also aide the Chair in insuring that member information in the county membership database is kept up to date and all events and announcements are kept current on the website.
B. Coordinate with other Executive Committee members to establish methods of providing data and information and establish protocols for posting information on the party website (www.MauiDemocrats.org) in a timely and effective manner.

4. VICE-CHAIR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
A. The Vice-Chair of Communications and Public Relations shall assist the Corresponding Secretary in carrying out their duties.
B. They shall be the point of contact for any media inquiries and publicizing Party events.
C. Coordinate, maintain and update all Party social media sites.

5. VICE-CHAIR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
A. The Vice-Chair of Government Relations shall inform, work and interface with all elected officials. They shall keep elected officials informed of Party initiatives and activities.
B. Shall report on activities and the cooperation received from the various elected or government officials and board members at each meeting of the Maui County Committee.
C. Compile information on opportunities for public service on State and County boards and commissions and forwarding such information to the precinct clubs.
D. Forward names, as appropriate, of Maui County Democrats for nomination to County, State or Federal Boards and Commissions.

6. VICE-CHAIR OF RULES AND LEGAL ISSUES
A. The Vice-Chair of Rules and Legal Issues shall advise on Parliamentary Procedure and Roberts Rules of Order.
B. Ensure the Party is following both County and State rules.

7. VICE-CHAIR OF ORGANIZATION AND OUTREACH
A. The Vice-Chair of Organization and Outreach shall work on enhancing voter registration, party member registration and get out the vote activities, including mailings and phone banking conducted for voter identification and get out the vote activities.
B. Shall work with Democratic candidates running for office to support their grass roots efforts.

8. VICE-CHAIR OF COMMUNITY ISSUES
A. The Vice-Chair of Community Issues shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, platforms and issues important to the Party and the community.

9. VICE-CHAIR OF EDUCATION
A. The Vice-Chair of Education shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, and platforms relating to education that are important to the Party and the community.

10. VICE-CHAIR OF LABOR
A. The Vice-Chair of Labor shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, and platforms relating to labor that are important to the Party and the community.

11. VICE-CHAIR OF EVENTS AND FUNDRAISING
A. The Vice-Chair of Events and Fundraising shall coordinate all Party events and fundraising activities.

12. RECORDING SECRETARY
A. The recording secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee. The agenda for each Executive Committee shall be prepared by the Recording Secretary at the previous meeting and in conjunction with the Chair and other members of the Executive Committee. Every attempt shall be made to solicit agenda items from all members of the Executive Committee and distribute the final agenda three days prior to the meeting. The minutes of each meeting shall be recorded electronically on the agenda and distributed to the committee members no less than 3 days after that meeting, unless the members of the Executive Committee present at that meeting reach another agreement. Reports of standing committees shall be presented in final electronic form to the Recording Secretary and along with all written reports of the officers and standing and special committees shall be entered in a book maintained for that purpose, to be turned over intact to the succeeding Recording Secretary.

13. CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
A. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of the Organization and Outreach Committee and shall be responsible for issuing press releases of Party activities, serving as the archivist, posting official notices of meetings as required by Party rules, for preparing draft responses, as necessary, on emerging issues in the Maui County community and for circulating or publishing these responses. Subject to the approval of the Chair or the Executive Committee, a file of all news articles, statements, and responses shall be maintained and turned over to the succeeding Corresponding Secretary.
B. Coordinate and conduct mailings to members with particular focus on obtaining and maintaining current member contact information and status active Retired, deceased, moved, etc.). This information shall be turned over to the Recording Secretary and Vice Chair for Information Technology and to the Secretary of the State Central Committee for updating official member records.
C. Shall be responsible for the formal correspondence of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee, and shall keep copies of it in a book maintained for that purpose, which shall be turned over intact to the succeeding Corresponding Secretary.

14. TREASURER
A. The Treasurer shall have custody of the County Treasury, which shall be deposited in a commercial bank in the name of the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii or the Maui County Democratic Party of Hawaii.
B. The Treasurer shall be responsible for seeing that all money is collected by duly authorized and identified person, that receipts be available to all contributors, and that a strict accounting is kept of all funds so collected.
C. The Treasurer shall be bonded as determined by the Maui County Committee and the premium shall be paid from the County Treasury.
D. The Treasurer shall report in writing at each regular meeting of the Maui County Committee, shall prepare timely reports for the Campaign Spending Commission; and shall submit a biennial financial report at the County Convention.

Funeral Services for Rep. Mele Carroll

SERVICES FOR REP. CARROLL SET FOR OAHU AND MAUI

A memorial service on Oahu for the late state representative Mele Carroll has been set for Friday, March 6, at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street (between North Vineyard Boulevard and North Kukui Street). A public viewing will be held between 4-6 p.m., with service to follow at 6-7 p.m. A Celebration of Life will also be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Lei are welcomed at the Oahu service.

On Maui, a memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 15, at Ballard Family Mortuary, 440 Ala Makani Street in Kahului. Viewing will be held from 9-11 a.m. with service to follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A final viewing will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Internment will take place at 3 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Haiku (off Hana Highway). Lei and floral arrangements are welcomed at the Maui service.

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Funeral Services for Mary J. Cochran

Funeral services for Maui County Democratic Party 13-1 Precinct President and former Hawaii State Board of Education Member, Mary Cochran will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a mass beginning at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon at Holy Rosary Church located at 954 Baldwin Ave in Paia.

Mary was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and served until 2010. She was an attorney by trade and also previously worked for the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

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On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send a fond aloha and mahalo to her and send our deepest condolences to Mary’s family.

Mahalo,

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai’i

Lynn DeCoite appointed to State House, District 13

I am pleased to share that Governor David Ige has officially announced that he has appointed Lynn DeCoite of Moloka‘i to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 13 seat.

Ms. DeCoite is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. Along with her husband Russell, they run the largest sweet potato farm in the State of Hawai‘i. A third-generation Hawaiian homesteader, she also serves as a member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance. She is a previous member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a graduate of Moloka‘i High School.

I first met Ms. DeCoite last May when she attended the Maui County Democratic Party Convention on Maui. She served as a delegate to the State Convention and has played a strong role in our party serving as president of the 8th Precinct in District 13. Her energy, drive and dedication to our democratic values have continually impressed me.

Coming from a farming family myself, I know first-hand how hard it is to make a living in the agricultural industry. That is why I look forward to Ms. DeCoite bringing her unique perspective to the State Capitol as possibly the only legislator who is also a working farmer. Although she has large shoes to fill, I have confidence she will be a strong advocate for not only one of the most diverse, but also geographically large districts in the State.

In my mind, her appointment is also very historic, as Maui County has not had a person from Moloka‘i serving in the state legislature in recent memory. Attending the selection interviews on Moloka‘i this past Saturday, I know there was a sense of excitement in the air and this news will no doubt bring pride and joy to the island.

Throughout the interview process we continually heard from all areas of District 13 that they would like to have easier access to their representatives. I hope that our use of technology in the selection process is the first step in bridging all parts of our County and will only be the beginning of building new avenues of access not in only in our party but also government.

On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our congratulations to Representative Lynn DeCoite and we stand ready to assist in any way that we can as she begins her journey officially representing the residents of District 13.

Mahalo,

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai‘i

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Statement on the passing of Representative Mele Carroll

Many of you probably have heard the news, but I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Representatives Mele Carroll.

She worked hard for the residents of District 13, always putting the concerns of her constituents first. Representing such a geographically large district with such diverse issues is a challenge, but she did it with ease and dedication. Representative Carroll will be dearly missed.

It was just this past weekend that she was at the top of our minds as the District 13 Council met to select three individuals to replace her in the State House. I know that whoever replaces Representative Carroll will carry on her work and legacy of excellence.

She had humble beginnings in politics working as a staffer for then, Councilmember J. Kalani English and was appointed in the first week of February, 2005, to represent the 13th District in the State House of Representatives.

Representative Carroll was re-elected on November 4, 2014, to begin her sixth term representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is one of the most unique in the state, encompassing East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini.

Carroll served as the Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and as a member for the Committees on Health and Housing. During her tenure, she also served as the chair of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus, and a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Keiki Caucus, Kupuna Caucus, as well as the Historical Preservation Caucus.

On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our deepest condolences to her husband Warren and the rest of her ‘ohana.

Mahalo,

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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Buchanan, Decoite & De Naie Forwarded to Governor for House District 13

KAUNAKAKAI, Hawai‘i – The House District 13 Council Nominating Committee has completed its selection process and has forwarded three names to the governor.

“I am extremely impressed with the three applicants that we forwarded to the governor for consideration,” said Emillia Noordhoek, District 13 Council Vice-Chair who ran the proceedings.

“All were well-qualified, thoughtful and I know we can be proud to call one of them our representative.  I appreciate their willingness to step-up and serve in this important role,” she said.

The top three names that have been transmitted to the governor in alphabetical order include:

Lori Buchanan of Molokai who is a field outreach coordinator for the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee and the co-owner of Molokai Security Service.  She serves as a member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a member of the Marine and Coastal Zone Advisory Council.  She also serves as a commissioner for the Legacy Lands Conservation Commission.

Lynn DeCoite of Molokai is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks.  She serves as a board member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance.  She is a previous member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a graduate of Molokai High School.

Lucienne De Naie of Huelo is self-employed consultant.  She serves as the secretary of the Haiku Community Association and is a member of the Maui Cultural Lands Advisory Board.  She is a founding board member of the Haiku Living Legacy Project and a co-founder of the Haiku Living Legacy Project.  She is a graduate of UC Irvine and UCLA.

“I want to thank the District 13 Council for their hard work and diligence in considering all applicants,” said Troy Hashimoto, Chair of the Maui County Democratic Party.

“The Maui County Democratic Party looks forward to working with the governors selection to help move our Democratic values forward at the state legislature,” he added.

Other applicants that were considered include Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku, Scott Crawford of Hana, Alberta De Jetley of Lanai, David Fry of Haiku, Barbara Haliniak of Molokai, Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku, Lance Holter of Paia, Robert Parsons of Haiku, Kay Okamoto of Lanai and Noelani Yamashita of Molokai.

“It is my hope that the governor will make a decision on the replacement sooner than later, so that one of the most unique districts, the 13th District, can once again have representation in the State House.  It is an especially important time, as many bills are being actively considered,” said Hashimoto.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

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Public Notice: District 13 Selection Committee Interviews

The District 13 District Council will be meeting on Saturday, February 14 starting at 10 a.m. to select three names to replace Representative Mele Carroll. The three names selected will be transmitted to the governor for appointment.

The interviews will be held at Maui College, Molokai Education Center, and Lanai Education Center and are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Due to space limitations and fire code, once the maximum capacity of the room is reached, the public will be turned away. Seating preference will be given to members of the media and elected officials.

Below is a slight description of each location.

Maui College
Ka’a’ike Building and the session will be held in Ka’a’ike 105C/D. Ka’a’ike is on the Iao side of our Paina Cafeteria/Class Act. Ka’a’ike has a large glass wall that fronts the building so you can’t miss it. Signs will be posted in the lobby area directing participants to room 105C/D. Parking at the college is free, however due to the Saturday Swap Meet, you may have to park farther away from the building than usual.

Molokai Education Center
375 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Lanai Education Center
329 7th Street
Lanai City, Hawaii 96763

An agenda of the meeting can be found HERE.

The meeting will be closed during deliberations to members of the public and the media. The three names will be released only once the names are transmitted to the governor and the Party receives the go ahead to release the three names.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

Statement on the passing of Mary J. Cochran

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Maui County Democratic Party 13-1 Precinct President Mary Cochran passed away early this morning in her sleep.

Mary was a long time member of the Party and I was lucky to call her a friend and mentor.

She was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and served until 2010. I was especially lucky to serve with her from 2004-2005 when I was the Board of Education student member. She mentored me and taught me a lot about politics. She was an attorney by trade and also previously worked for the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

One of my most memorable moments of her was back around 2005 when she blocked the passage of the State Department of Education’s budget until they moved the Kihei High School up their capital improvements priority list to get the planning of the school moving.

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I just spoke to her a few days ago. She was doing well and was in good spirits, making her passing unexpected. She was on the committee to select the replacement for the state House District 13 seat and was giving the selection committee sound advice on how the process should run. She was also looking forward to this coming Saturday’s selection meeting, but I know she will be there with us in spirit.

Well-know for sometimes being feisty, she cared deeply for Maui County and I am very sad to hear of her passing.

Information about her funeral will be shared as it is received.

Mahalo,

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai’i

Maui County Democratic Party Receives 13 Applications for House District 13

WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – The Maui County Democratic Party has received 13 applications from registered Democrats in good standing who live in House District 13, which encompasses Paia, Haiku, East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe to replace the seat left vacated by Representative Mele Carroll.

Applicants include Lori Buchanan of Molokai, Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku, Scott Crawford of Hana, Lynn DeCoite of Molokai, Alberta De Jetley of Lanai, Lucienne DeNaie of Huelo, David Fry of Haiku, Barbara Haliniak of Molokai, Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku, Lance Holter of Paia, Robert Parsons of Haiku, Kay Okamoto of Lanai and Noelani Yamashita of Molokai.

The 22 members of the District 13 Council will comprise the official nominating committee and will meet on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The committee will allow each candidate to speak for up to 10 minutes and committee members will be able to vote for up to three candidates, but not for the same person.

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be transmitted to the Maui County Democratic Party Chair and the Hawai‘i Democratic Party Chair who will then forward the names to the Governor. The Governor has sixty calendar days following the first day of the vacancy to make an appointment to the House seat.

The nominating committee will not release the top three names of the candidates and will defer to the Governor on whether he will release the three names to the public.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

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Included is a short bio of each candidate. Information has been taken from each applicants resume:

Lori Buchanan of Molokai is a field outreach coordinator for the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee and the co-owner of Molokai Security Service. She serves as a member of the Molokai Planning Commission.

Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku is the author of “Lean on and Lead, Mother and Work in the 21st Century Economy” and is a freelance technical and grant writer.

Scott Crawford of Hana is the executive director of Kipahulu Ohana and serves as the chairperson of the Maui Nui Makai Network.

Lynn DeCoite of Molokai is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. She serves as a board member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance.

Alberta De Jetley of Lanai is the publisher and editor of Lanai Today and the owner of Alberta’s farm, Lanai’s largest commercial farm. She was a previous chair of the Lanai Chamber of Commerce.

Lucienne De Naie of Huelo is a self-employed consultant. She serves as the secretary of the Haiku Community Association and is a member of the Maui Cultural Lands Advisory Board.

David Fry of Haiku is the owner and founder of Tanuki Interactive, a web development and strategy company. He serves as a board member of the Haiku Community Association.

Barbara Haliniak of Molokai is the president and owner of The Business Depot, a bookkeeping and payroll service. She also serves as president and founder of Molokai Island Foundation, which supports inclusion of the STEM project in a school’s curriculum.

Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku is the executive director of Restorative Solutions Maui, co-founding the non-violent communication in schools program and serves as a board member of the Haiku Community Association.

Lance Holter of Paia is the owner and broker of Lance Holter Real Estate and Construction. He is a former chair of the Maui County Democratic Party and a former Maui Tomorrow Board Member.

Robert Parsons of Haiku serves as an Executive Assistant to Mayor Alan Arakawa and a past chair for the Maui Conservation Alliance.

Kay Okamoto of Lanai is the owner and principal broker of Okamoto Realty and a former educator. She previously served on the Maui County Charter Commission and the Maui County General Plan Advisory Committee.

Noelani Yamashita of Molokai is the Executive Director of Ka Honua Momona International, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing natural and cultural resources and is a graduate of both the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Princeton University.

Applications for House District 13

This is the official application for the House District 13:
PDF Version
Word Version

The Maui County Democratic Party has set Fri, Feb. 6 by 11 p.m. as the deadline to apply for the District 13 State House seat left vacant by Representative Mele Carroll. Any Democrat in good standing for at least six months prior to the application deadline who lives in House District 13, which encompasses Paia, Haiku, East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe, may submit their name.

Applicants must fill out a “Statement of Candidacy” form, submit a resume not to exceed two pages, complete a questionnaire, demonstrate evidence of party participation and submit verified signatures of least five party members within the District where the vacancy occurred. Recommendations from third parties will not be considered as only applicants may submit their own name. Any incomplete applications will be automatically invalidated.

All applications will be received by the Maui County Chair who will date and time stamp each application. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applications received. All applicants will be vetted for residency and “good standing” before making it to the official list that will be forwarded to the District 13 Council for consideration.

Saturday, February 14 is scheduled for the District 13 Council to interview any candidates. This is the adopted rules that the body will follow.