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Hawaii: Nineteen Elected without a Vote—Another 24 Will Never Face General Electorate
By Andrew Walden @ 8:34 PM :: 6839 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections, Republican Party

by Andrew Walden

Nineteen Hawaii elections have already been decided – without a single vote being cast – because the incumbent is running unopposed.  Another 24 elections will be decided in the low-turnout August 13 Primary.  At minimum, 43 elections will be decided without ever facing the general electorate.

Elected automatically, because they have no opponent are three Senators, 13 Representatives, one OHA Trustee, and two County Councilmembers. 

State Senators

  • SD5 (D) KEITH-AGARAN, Gil S. Coloma
  • SD20 (D) GABBARD, Mike
  • SD21 (D) DELA CRUZ, Donovan

State House of Representatives

  • HD9 (D) WOODSON, Justin H.
  • HD18 (D) HASHEM, Mark Jun
  • HD21 (D) NISHIMOTO, Scott Y.
  • HD25 (D) LUKE, Sylvia
  • HD26 (D) SAIKI, Scott K.
  • HD27 (D) OHNO, Takashi
  • HD32 (D) ICHIYAMA, Linda E.
  • HD38 (D) AQUINO, Henry J.C.
  • HD39 (D) CULLEN, Ty J.K.
  • HD42 (D) HAR, Sharon
  • HD45 (R) CHEAPE MATSUMOTO, Lauren
  • HD48 (D) KEOHOKALOLE, Jarrett K.
  • HD51 (D) LEE, Chris

OHA Kauai Resident Trustee

  • AHUNA, Dan

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 1

  • POINDEXTER, Valerie T.

HONOLULU COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT III

  • ANDERSON, Ikaika

An additional 24 elections will not be presented to November 8 General Election voters. These will be decided by the much smaller August 13 Primary electorate.  Nine of these are partisan races in which the contestants are in the same party.  Another 15 races are non-partisan races with only two candidates. 

Partisan Races

State Senators

  • SD8 (D) AHUNA, Kanoe vs KOUCHI, Ronald Dan
  • SD14 (D) CAMPAGNA, Carl vs KIM, Donna Mercado

State House of Representatives

  • HD12 (D) LAWRENCE, Tiare, vs YAMASHITA, Kyle T
  • HD15 (D) OI, Tommy cs TOKIOKA, James Kunane
  • HD23 (D) CHOY, Isaac W vs KOBAYASHI, Dale
  • HD30 (D) CACHOLA, Romy M vs VELASCO, Mar
  • HD33 (D) ARAKAKI, Tracy vs KONG, Sam Satoru
  • HD49 (D) ITO, Ken vs SHEA, Patrick Kamakanianu
  • HD50 (R) HOOD, Joan vs THIELEN, Cynthia

Non-Partisan Races

HONOLULU PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

  • KANESHIRO, Keith M. vs YAQOOB, Anosh H.

HONOLULU COUNCIL VII 

  • MANAHAN, Joey vs SHIGEMASA, Chace K.M.

HONOLULU COUNCIL IX

  • MENOR, Ron vs SVRCINA, Emil

KAUAI COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

  • ARIN, Lisa R. vs. KOLLAR, Justin F.

HAWAII COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

  • KAGAMI, Michael S vs ROTH, Mitch

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 5

  • PALEKA, Danny vs RUGGLES, Jen

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 6

  • DAVID, Maile (Medeiros) vs WHITING, Raina

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 7

  • DOMINGO, Nestorio vs KANUHA, Dru Mamo

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 8

  • CITRON, Jeffrey (Jeff) vs EOFF, Karen S.

HAWAII COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 9

  • RICHARDS, Herbert (Tim) vs WILLE, Margaret

MAUI COUNCILMEMBER EAST MAUI

  • CARROLL, Robert (Bob) vs SINENCI, Shane

MAUI COUNCILMEMBER WEST MAUI

  • BALINBIN, Ernest Z. Kanamu vs COCHRAN, Elle

MAUI COUNCILMEMBER KAHULUI

  • GUZMAN, Don S. vs MEDEIROS, Vanessa A.

MAUI COUNCILMEMBER LANAI

  • HOKAMA, Riki vs JOHNSON, Gabe

MAUI COUNCILMEMBER MOLOKAI

  • CRIVELLO, Stacy Helm vs RAWLINS-FERNANDEZ, Keani
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