WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – 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. All forms will be available at www.mauidemocrats.org starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1. Recommendations from third parties will not be considered as only applicants may submit their own name.
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.
The Democratic Party’s District 13 Council will comprise the official nominating committee and will meet on Sat, Feb. 14. 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. Casting more than one vote per candidate will not be allowed.
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.
“This is a grassroots effort and a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of Hawai‘i and the residents of District 13. I encourage any interested Democrats to apply,” said Todd Yamashita, Chair of District 13 Nominating Committee.