Feb. 6 Deadline Set for House District 13 Representative Applications
By Maui Now Staff
Rep. Mele Carroll resigned as of Feb. 1, 2015, leaving a vacancy in the District 13 State House. Applications to fill her position are now available online. The Maui County Democratic Party has set a deadline of Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 p.m. to apply for the seat.
Eligible candidates must be democrats residing of House District 13–including Pā‘ia, Ha‘ikū, East Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Koho‘olawe–with a record of good standing for at least six months prior to the application deadline.
Those applying must complete a “Statement of Candidacy” form, submit a resume limited to two pages, complete a questionnaire, and demonstrate evidence of Democratic Party participation with verified signatures from at least five party members within the district. Applicants must submit their own name. Third-party recommendations will not be accepted.
All applicants will be given confirmation by the Maui County chair who will date and time stamp each application submitted, and evaluate their eligibility before sending them on to the District 13 Council for consideration.
Nominations will occur at the Democratic Party’s District 13 Council meeting on Saturday, Feb. 14, where each candidate will have up to 10 minutes to speak. Members of the nomination committee within the council can vote for up to three candidates, whose names will then be forwarded to the governor. Gov. David Ige must select a candidate within 63 days from the day of the vacancy.
“This is a grassroots effort and a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of Hawai‘i and the residents of District 13,” said Todd Yamashita, chair of District 13 Nominating Committee. “I encourage any interested Democrats to apply.”