Challenge denied

April 9th, 2009

A residency challenge against City Council special election candidates John Henry Felix and Steve Holmes has been dismissed by the City Clerk‘s office.

The challenge was filed by candidate Sol Nalua’i, who “seriously questioned” whether either had a primary residence in the Windward Oahu district, which includes parts of Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo.

“They both have been cleared,” Bernice Mau, acting city clerk, said today.

Mau said both provided copies of rental and lease agreements and other information to verify their residences.

“We had different kinds of information that we got” Mau said. “We actually sent somebody out to the homes to see — to talk to people in the neighborhood. We had enough.”

Both Felix and Holmes had dismissed the challenge, which was filed March 23, as baseless. Holmes called the challenge “absurd” and described it as a “last minute effort to smear.”

Nalua’i has 10 days to appeal Mau’s ruling.

The special mail-in election is being held to fill the vacancy created by the death of Barbara Marshall in February. Ballots were mailed to registered voters in District 3 on April 1. Completed ballots are due to the City Clerk’s office no later than 6 p.m. on April 23.

Absentee walk-in voting is being held at City Hall and Pali Golf Course through April 21. Ballots also may be dropped off at these sites, which are open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays and holidays.

A total of 11 candidates are vying for the council seat. Click here to view their candidate profiles.

2 Responses to “Challenge denied”

  1. Who Cares:

    So how long have Felix and Holmes lived in the district?

  2. Newton's Fig:

    Ask where did they vote last fall? Where did they spend New Year’s Day? Where did they sleep the night before Barbara Marshall died?

    Unfortunately, the law does not require that candidates reside in the district for a specific time prior to filing for office as long as they have registered to vote there – and that doesn’t require living in the district for a specific length of time, either.

    However, neither of the challenged candidates has been involved in Council District III’s activities for years. Holmes left O’ahu after Hannemann won the mayor’s race in 2004 & Felix moved to East Honolulu after leaving office in 2002.

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