Former state Rep. Hermina Morita and Kauai Democrats were vindicated on Monday when the state Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled that Republicans should not have been allowed to field a replacement candidate against Morita last year.
The appeals court found that David Hamman failed to properly fill out his candidate paperwork and was never an official candidate before the filing deadline. The court ruled that elections officials should not have given Republicans the three days allowed under state law to find replacement candidate Harry Williams.
Hamman acknowledged at the time that he deliberately filed and withdrew before the filing deadline to give the GOP more time to find a challenger to Morita. Hamman instead ran for state Senate.
Morita defeated Williams. She later resigned to take a spot on the Public Utilities Commission. Hamman lost his Senate race.