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.

Maui County Democratic Party Accepting Applications for House District 13

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.

For any questions or more information, contact Troy Hashimoto via e-mail or by phone at (808) 249-0333 or Todd Yamashita via e-mail or by phone at (808) 646-0542.

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Aloha & Mahalo Representative Carroll

“On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our fondest aloha and mahalo to Representative Mele Carroll.  She dedicated herself to the residents of East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe with her big heart.  She had a tough job in representing such a geographically large district, but we can all be proud of her accomplishments,” said Troy Hashimoto, Chair of the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i.

Representative Carroll will be resigning effective February 1, 2015.  At that point, the Democratic Party of Hawai’i has 21 days to submit three names to the governor for consideration and appointment.  The governor has 60 days from the date of the vacancy to make the appointment, which is April 1.

The District 13 Council will be the body selecting the three names per Democratic Party rules.

More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.  For more information contact Party Chair Troy Hashimoto or District 13 Council Chair Todd Yamashita.

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Latest Calendar of Events as of October 15

There are many upcoming party activities and volunteer activities – I hope you will consider attending a few of these events and support our fellow Democrats!

We have a great opportunity for you to help our Democratic team win on November 4th. We need all the help we can get to reach out to voters by calling them to support David Ige for Governor and Shan Tsutsui for Lt. Governor along with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Phone banking will be done at the Ige/Tsutsui Maui Headquarters in the Old Kahului Shopping Center. Phones will be provided if you do not want to use yours.

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~Thursday, October 16, 2014~
Mass Sign waving for Ige-Tsutsui – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Fronting Kahului Shopping Center

Sign waving for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Puunene (Christ the King Church)

Join Representative McKelvey and Senator Baker- 5:30 to 7:30 at Lahaina Jodo Mission
We’ll be having hamburgers, hotdogs, mac salad, refreshments and music by Lahaina’s own Korey Kukahiko. its free. For further information have people e-mail mckelveyforhouse@gmail.com or call 870-8644. Hope to see you and others there!

2014 BM Rally

~Thursday, October 21, 2014~
Sign waving for Ige-Tsutsui – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Fronting Kahului Shopping Center

Join Representative Kaniela Ing + Roz Baker to Talk Story
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort
551 South Kihei Road, Kihei 96793
Please RSVP to enter a special giveaway.
Light refreshments to be served.

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~Thursday, October 23, 2014~
Sign waving for Ige-Tsutsui – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kihei (location TBD)

Sign waving for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kaahumanu (Sears)

~Tuesday, October 28, 2014~
General Absentee Application Deadline

Mass Sign waving for Ige-Tsutsui – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Fronting Kahului Shopping Center

~Thursday, October 30, 2014~
– Maui County Grand Rally @ Ige-Tsutsui Headquarters at Kahului Shopping Center at 5:30 p.m.

– Sign waving for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Puunene (Christ the King Church)

– Sign waving for Ige-Tsutsui – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Fronting Lahaina Cannery Mall

~Friday, October 31, 2014~
– Sign waving for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kaahumanu (Sears)

~Monday, November 3, 2014~
– Sign waving for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – TBD

~Tuesday, November 4, 2014~
– General Election – Polling Place Hours – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in being a poll watcher for the upcoming election, which helps to ensure that the election is running smoothly and Democrats are voting, please contact Yuki Lei Sugimura.  The County Clerk’s Office is also still looking for volunteer workers during election day.  Visit their website if you are interested in assisting.

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mahalo,

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawaii

Maui Phone Bank Schedule

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We have a great opportunity for you to help our Democratic team win on November 4th. We need all the help we can get to reach out to voters by calling them to support David Ige for Governor and Shan Tsutsui for Lt. Governor along with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Phone banking will be done at the Ige/Tsutsui Maui Headquarters in the Old Kahului Shopping Center. Phones will be provided if you do not want to use yours.

Please let Jody (jodyy@hawaiidemocrats.org) know what shifts work best for you. Also, we will soon have a phone bank in South Maui and are looking for call-party hosts in West Maui and Upcountry. Mahalo!