The votes were split.

Four Republicans on one side. Four Democrats on the other.

So on Friday it came down to Hawaii Reapportionment Commission Chairwoman Victoria Marks to decide whether U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa‘s Ko Olina home would be in her district.

Her answer: Yes.

The boundaries of the 1st Congressional District would no longer be a source of embarrassment during political campaigns for the congresswoman who was elected in 2010 while living outside the area she sought to represent.

Earlier this summer, Hanabusa made good on a promise to move into her district by listing her Ko Olina home for sale, and renting an apartment in Kakaako.

Hanabusa told Civil Beat Friday that her Ko Olina home is still on the market. Because the 1st Congressional district includes Kapolei, she said it “makes sense” for Ko Olina to be included.

“Kapolei is the second city. Ko Olina was the second resort destination for Oahu,” Hanabusa said. “When you think about what reapportionment is supposed to do, tying as many communities together as possible … it’s logical that you would have those populations together. It makes a lot of sense.”

As for her home, she says it’s still for sale and they’ve received an offer to consider.

“It shouldn’t be about me,” she said. “It should be about what’s best for the district.”

Voting against including Ko Olina in 1st Congressional district:

  • Calvert Chipchase
  • Dylan Nonaka
  • Elizabeth Moore
  • Terry Thomason

Voting in favor of including Ko Olina in 1st Congressional district:

  • Harold Masumoto
  • Lorrie Lee Stone
  • Anthony Takitani
  • Clarice Hashimoto
  • Victoria Marks

Marks, who was appointed by the Hawaii Supreme Court, said she voted for the plan for two reasons.

The alternate plan would have broken up Wheeler Air Force Base, which Marks didn’t agree with. She also felt the plan more evenly distributed the population between the 1st and 2nd Congressional district.

“I don’t know what all the political background is … (and) I don’t think I need to know,” Marks told reporters.

The plan, along with drafts of new state House and Senate districts, now heads out for public input across the state. Under the approved draft for House districts, six incumbent state representatives would end up having to square off against another incumbent in next year’s elections.

After public hearings, the commission has until Sept. 26 to file final proposals with the Chief Elections Officer, who then has until Oct. 10 to publish the plans.

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