Dante Carpenter, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, said Thursday morning that he may not make an announcement until Friday on whether the party will go to court to block Laura H. Thielen from running for state Senate as a Democrat.
“I don’t have anything to report yet,” he said, adding that he was being “barraged” by different opinions on the subject.
The party has determined that Thielen, a director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources under former Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, is ineligible to run because she has not been a member of the party in good standing for at least six months.
Thielen has filed to run in the primary for the Windward state Senate seat held by Sen. Pohai Ryan (D, Lanikai-Waimanalo).