July 30th, 2010

With the close this afternoon of the 10-day extension to the candidate filing deadline because of late resignations, we took the opportunity to make some additions to our rundown of potentially competitive state House and Senate campaigns. We will take another look at the list after campaign-finance reports are filed next week and the campaigns start to shake out.

*SD22 (North Shore, Wahiawa)
Donovan Dela Cruz (D)
Michael Magaoay (D)
Michael Lyons (D)
Gerald Hagino (D)
Charles Aki (R)
Outlook: Open seat. Democratic. Sen. Robert Bunda resigned to run in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. The last-minute decision by Dela Cruz to bolt the mayor’s race sets up one of the most intriguing primaries. Dela Cruz represented the district on the City Council. Magaoay represented much of the district in the House. Lyons is the chairman of the North Shore Neighborhood Board. And Hagino held the seat until he was beaten by Bunda.

*HD4 (Puna, Pahoa, Hawaiian Acres)
Rep. Faye Hanohano (D)
Anthony Marzi (D)
Marlene Hapai (R)
Solomon Singer (N)
Outlook: Leans Democratic. Hanohano, a former prison guard, is chairwoman of the House Public Safety Committee. She is active on Native Hawaiian affairs and cultural issues, often speaking Hawaiian on the House floor. She also helped move a bill last session to give counties the option to ban fireworks. But changing demographics in the fast-growing region, along with the independent spirit of many residents, makes the district among the most quirky and unpredictable. Hapai, a former University of Hawaii regent appointed by Gov. Linda Lingle, could be competitive.

4 Responses to “Additions”

  1. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Take a look at Senate District 25 Democratic ticket. That one is going to provide an interesting look at How We Do Things Around Here.

  2. WaialuaHaole:

    Just wondering who Charles Aki (R) is, the fifth candidate in the race for SD22. Your “rundown” didn’t mention him at all (beyond listing his name). I’m sure this was just an oversight. ;-)

  3. Michael:

    “Take a look at Senate District 25 Democratic ticket. That one is going to provide an interesting look at How We Do Things Around Here.”~Capitol -ist/WassupDoc

    I call that follow the leader.

  4. WaialuaHaole:

    Here is some information about Charles Aki, the Republican candidate for SD 22 mentioned above. He goes by “Bo Aki,”.

    Recent resident director for American Red Ball Int’l,

    Vice President and General Manager (Retired) for Sunvan Hawaii Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas World Group, with over 35 years of service with Sunvan Hawaii
    (**Company union negotiator, administrator, military contractor)

    Hawaii Transportation Association (HTA)
    President 2009-2010
    First Vice President 2008-2009
    Conference Director 2003-2008

    Western Motor Tariff Bureau (WMTB)
    Past Board of Director & Member

    Moving & Storage Association of Hawaii (MASH)
    Past President & Member since 1978

    International Association of Movers (IAM)
    Member since 1978


    Kamehameha Alumni Association (class of 1972)

    Hawaii State Board Member of Physical Therapy

    Hawaiian Humane Society Member

    Elks Club 2669 (member/past officer)

    Aloha Week/Kamehameha Day parade Pa’u Unit
    Member/participant 1993-present

    American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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