Free rides II

July 22nd, 2010
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Republicans have their man in House District 14 in Hanalei.

Harry Williams, a Kapaa contractor, will face state Rep. Hermina Morita, (D-Hanalei, Anahola, Kapaa), in the November general election.

Morita has asked the state Office of Elections to reconsider the decision to allow the GOP to find a replacement candidate.

Democrats have also suggested that elections officials are making a liberal interpretation of the state laws in question.

12 Responses to “Free rides II”

  1. charles:

    It’s odd that the law allows a party to have three days find another candidate if someone withdraws and yet if the race is unopposed (that is, no one filed), the filing deadline is the filing deadline.


  2. Nikki Heat:

    Is this similar to how present Rep. Isaac Choy was able to run for the Manoa seat after the incumbent Democrat botched his nomination papers for council (the Manoa incumbent didn’t withdraw from the House race effectively I thought)? It looks like Mina Morita’s initial GOP opponent withdrew from the House race with enough time for the GOP to find another candidate– in short, he withdrew before the filing deadline so why does the GOP have another shot– you only need to get 15 voters from your district to sign nomination papers and put up $250 to run?


  3. charles:

    I don’t know if the Republicans have their man in the race. I think Morita makes some very valid points. See: http://repmorita.wordpress.com/

    This one’s not over quite yet.


  4. jaded:

    Perhaps Scott Nago is not qualified to serve as Chief Elections Officer…


  5. Danny:

    Dems used this same law in 2008 when Kirk Caldwell screwed up trying to withdraw from the house race and enter the city council race. They had three days and chose Isac Choy. They were not complaining about the law then and should not be now.


  6. Michael:

    jaded:

    July 23rd, 2010 at 7:32 pm
    Perhaps Scott Nago is not qualified to serve as Chief Elections Officer…

    What is your reasoning behind your comment?
    Why not?


  7. Earl of Sandwich:

    jaded, I don’t think following the law makes Nago a questionable CEO.


  8. jaded:

    Mina Morita said it best (http://repmorita.wordpress.com/):

    “At the time of the filing deadline (4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20), David Hamman was a candidate for the Senate seat, having filed his nomination papers for that race after withdrawing from the District 14 House race on Monday, July 19. According to the Hawaii Administrative Rules, which governs the Office of Elections, Chapter 3-172-1, HAR defines “candidate” as “an individual who has qualified for placement on the ballot.” And, an individual is qualified only if he files his nomination papers in accordance with Chapter 12-6, HRS. Hamman qualified as a candidate for the Kauai Senate race having filed his nomination papers for that race by the filing deadline. The section of the law that the Chief Election Officer is relying on would apply only if Hamman was withdrawing from the Senate race.

    Simply put, Hamman did not file nomination papers for the District 14 House race by the close of the filing deadline because he withdrew on July 19. And, there was no way he could because he filed his nomination papers for the Senate race and a person cannot run in more than one race. The Republicans did not have a candidate qualified for the ballot for the District 14 House race at the close of the filing deadline, therefore, no candidate vacancy exists to allow Harry R. Williams to run as a legitimate candidate.”

    A CEO who is incapable of properly interpreting our election laws is unqualified in my opinion.


  9. jaded:

    Earl, the problem is that Scott seems incapable of properly interpreting the law. Given that David Hamman filed and withdrew on July 19 for the House race, only to file for the Senate race makes him a candidate for the Senate race ONLY because no individual can run in more than one race. Republicans had a legitimate candidate for the Senate race, NOT the House race — they had to find another candidate for the House race by the filing deadline on July 20 and should never have been given the extra days.

    A Chief Elections Officer who cannot properly interpret the law is unqualified in my eyes.


  10. Michael:

    “A Chief Elections Officer who cannot properly interpret the law is unqualified in my eyes.”~jaded

    Questionable response.
    Not a fact just an opinion.
    Many complained about HB444
    interpreted this bill in their own eyes.
    Samething.


  11. jaded:

    That Scott Nago is unqualified is indeed my opinion; however, his inability to follow the letter of the law is an undeniable fact through his demonstrated behavior.


  12. Michael:

    Yup like saying, It’s windy!


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