Hawaii Governor

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Every four years since statehood in 1959, Hawaii has elected a governor for one or more four-year terms.  No governor may serve more than two successive terms but having served two terms can sit out one election cycle and run again. Candidates must be at least 30 years old; be a Hawaii resident for five consecutive years; and cannot serve other professions or paid positions during his term.

Hawaii requires that candidates for statewide and federal offices obtain signatures from 25 registered voters and pay a filing fee to get on the ballot. County elective positions and seats in the Hawaii Legislature require 15 signatures and a filing fee. Filing fees vary depending on the office sought.

In Hawaii, voters do not have to pick a party when they register. This means that voters can choose which primary to participate in. However, they may only vote in one primary and not switch between parties for various offices.

Hawaii election law makes it difficult for nonpartisan or independent candidates to move on to the general election. They must secure 10 percent of the total votes cast in all primaries for their race or secure as many votes as one of the nominated party candidates.

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In 2014 David Ige a former Democrat State Senator who led the powerful Ways and Means Committee, defeated the incumbent governor, Neil Abercrombie, in the state primary and went on to roll over the Republican nominee, Duke Aiona, to become the state’s eighth governor and the first Okinawan elected to the top post. Ige is an electrical engineer and a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

History

Previous governors are:

William F. Quinn, Republican, 1959 to 1962;

John A. Burns, Democrat, 1962 to 1974;

George Ariyoshi, Democrat, 1974 to 1986;

John D. Waihee, Democrat, 1086 to 1994;

Ben Cayetano, Democrat, 1994 to 2002;

Linda Lingle, 2002 to 2010;

Neil Abercrombie, 2010 to 2014;

 

 

 

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A Full-Year Homeless Emergency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

Gov. David Ige signed a supplemental proclamation to extend the state of emergency for two more months.
Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

The Hawaii governor unveils a four-year plan that calls for building 10,000 affordable housing units.

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers

State lawmakers plan to reconvene in special session Wednesday as the governor continues talks with union members.
Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

UPDATED: The Legislature plans to amend the vetoed measure next week to provide severance pay to unionized workers, address legal flaws in the legislation and honor union contracts.
Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

UPDATED: Gov. Ige has said he might veto a current aid bill, calling $40 million in severance or pension bonuses to public employees "too generous."
Hawaii AG Appeals DHHL Case Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Appeals DHHL Case

circuit court’s decision in Nelson v. Hawaiian Homes Commission determined that the state should give the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands "sufficient funds."
Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member?

PUC commissioner Mike Champley could be off the board on June 30. That puts a new card in Gov. David Ige's hand.
OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

The Ige administration is looking at various financing options for building a new Oahu Community Correctional Center in Halawa Valley, lawmakers are told.

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work Phil Roeder/Flickr

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
Abercrombie Picks Maui Artist to Paint His Official Portrait PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Abercrombie Picks Maui Artist to Paint His Official Portrait

The former governor has chosen Kirk Kurokawa to create his portrait, continuing a century-old tradition in Hawaii.
Governor’s Idea for New Halawa Prison Deserves Exploration Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Governor’s Idea for New Halawa Prison Deserves Exploration

Partnering with a private company to replace Hawaii's oldest prison could begin to address our crumbling prisons. But the details will be critical.