Marumoto and Pine, meanwhile, are among the six incumbents who — should they run for re-election — could face a fellow incumbent. There has been talk that Pine might run for Tom Berg’s Honolulu City Council seat.
Awana Misses Deadline Again
Rep. Awana, a Democrat, failed to file a report for the current period.
She also has not filed a report for the Nov. 3 through Dec. 31, 2010 reporting period.
On June 8, the Campaign Spending Commission fined Awana a total of $1,900 for late filings in 2010.
Awana, who represents Oahu’s Leeward Coast, fended of three opponents in the 2010 Democratic primary by a large vote margin and faced no opponent in the general election.
If No Need, No Need
Rep. Joey Manahan, House vice speaker (he reported raising $5,350), told Civil Beat that the cost of elections varies considerably.
Factors include opponents and district geography, and whether candidates choose to hold fundraisers.
In state Senate races in 2008, spending by winning candidates ranged from a low of $12,333 (by Democrat David Ige) to a high of $286,861 (by Democrat Dwight Takamine).
On the House side, spending by winners ranged from a low of $466 (by Rep. Awana, who was a Republican at the time) to a high of $91,035 (by Democrat Michael Magaoay).
Sen. Ihara, who was comfortably re-elected in November, said he doesn’t solicit funds and hasn’t held a fundraiser during the legislative session in 20 years.
“Some people do solicit during session,” he said.
Sen. Slom, meanwhile, says he is often approached with donations but usually tells them to take their spouse out to a nice dinner instead. However, he will accept donations during campaign season.
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