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OCC April 2017
Oʻahu County Committee, 5/4/2019.

Oʻahu County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi

Senate District 16 Vacancy:

From Lorna Takehara Strand, OCC Chair


I am writing to inform all Oʻahu County Democrats about actions that have been and will be taken by the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi due to the untimely and unfortunate death of Senator Breene Harimoto who passed away on June 18, 2020.

Two processes were set into motion by the Hawaiʻi Office of Elections, the Democratic Party of Hawai`i (DPH), and the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party to fill the vacated seat in Senate District 16 based on HRS 17-3 (b)(3) and DPH Bylaws Article IX, Sections 4 and 5.

  1. APPOINTMENT BY THE GOVERNOR: The first process was to temporarily fill the position until the November 3, 2020 General Election. Three candidates were submitted to Governor Ige for consideration. Bennette Misalucha was appointed and will serve through November 3, 2020.

  2. NOMINATION OF A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE BY THE OʻAHU COUNTY COMMITTEE (OCC): The second process is now being launched in order to fill the remaining two years of Senator Harimoto's term. The Oʻahu County Committee (OCC) will nominate one Democrat to be on the ballot for the Special Vacancy Election that will run concurrently with the general election on November 3, 2020. The OCC is scheduled to select that nominee at a special meeting on August 15, 2020. A special Senate District 16 Committee has been appointed to interview candidates and make recommendations to the OCC prior to August 15.

This announcement serves as a Call for Candidates to apply to fill the remaining two year term in Senate District 16. Applications must be received by Sunday, August 9, 2020, 6:00 PM.

Candidates must be registered voters in Hawaiʻi, members in good standing with the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, and live in Senate District 16. There are 8 precincts in Senate District 16: House District 30/04, House District 31/05, House District 33/04, 05, 06, House District 34/01, 02, House District 35/01.

If you live in Senate District 16 and are interested in applying or know qualifying Democrats in Senate District 16 who may be interested in applying, please see the attached application.

I appreciate your help in nominating an outstanding Democratic candidate for this important position!



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Article IV of the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi establishes Oʻahu County Democrats as the County Organization of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi. Between our County Conventions, the affairs of the Oʻahu County Democrats (OCD) are subject to the Oʻahu County Committee (OCC).

Oʻahu County's Special & Standing Rules & Procedures

While all are welcome to attend meetings of the Oʻahu County Committee (refer to our calendar), the voting body is limited to the 35 District Council Chairpersons, the 9 Regional Chairpersons, the Oʻahu County Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and the two Oʻahu County Representatives to the State Central Committee of the Democratioc Party of Hawaiʻi. Proxy Voting Instructions for Region & District Council Chairpersons. For more details refer to the Bylaws

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We, the members of the Oʻahu County Democratic Party, united in common purpose, dedicate ourselves to the core principles of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.

As the people's party, it is our mission to create opportunities for free and open political dialogue in regional and district communities to promote civic engagement, political action, and community solidarity. And, as a servant of the dreams and aspirations of Hawai‘i's people, we acknowledge that if we wish to lead, we must listen and be open to being transformed by what we hear. Moreover, if we ask for the people's trust, we must in turn trust the wisdom of the people.

To do this effectively, we understand that we need to activate, mobilize and empower party members, and revitalize our county organization for the challenges ahead in the 21st century. Through a re-energized county organization, we will endeavor to bring together members of the party, elected officials, interested citizens, and community leaders to build a cosmopolitan society that will manifest the Aloha Spirit at its core and in every facet of community life.

Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi
Oʻahu County Committee
P.O. Box 1793
Honolulu HI 96806-1793