Hawaii Resources

Population: 1,431,603 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 5, 2018.

Primary: Aug. 11, 2018.

Hawaii (D+20) is arguably the most ethnically diverse state in the union and is the only one (according to the 2010 Census) where Whites are not the largest group. It is 26% White, 7% Hispanic, 50% Asian and 16% “other”.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 4. Hawaii is a solid state for the Democrats in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats

Mazie Hirono

Senator class 1: Mazie Hirono (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Small Business, Veterans, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Mazie Hirono
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, May 25, 2016:
Lawyer and LG Mazie Hirono (b.1947) served three terms in the House before she was elected to the Senate with 61% in 2012. Hirono was born in Japan and is the first Buddhist in the Senate.

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Brian Schatz

Senator class 3: Brian Schatz (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Banking & Housing, Commerce, Indian Affairs, Ethics.

Democratic nominee: Brian Schatz
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
LG and former State Representative Brian Schatz (b.1972) was appointed to the Senate in late 2012 and won the special election in 2014. He won his first full term in 2016 with 70%.

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Repre­sen­tat­ives: 2 Repre­sen­tatives, both Democrats.

Colleen Hanabusa

District 1
Representative: Colleen Hanabusa (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Natural Resources, Science.

Democratic nomineeColleen Hanabusa
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (D+18) covers parts of Oahu, including Honolulu. It is 18% White and 61% Asian. Lawyer and ex-Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (b.1951) was reelected to her old House seat in a special election in November 2016 with 60% and took 68% in the concurrent, regular election.

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Tulsi Gabbard

District 2
Representative: Tulsi Gabbard (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Tulsi Gab­bard
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (D+21) contains the rest of Oahu and the remainder of the Hawaii islands. It is 33% White and 38% Asian. Veteran Tulsi Gabbard (b.1981) was first elected in 2012 and took 76% in 2016. She was born on American Samoa and is the only Hindu in Congress.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The first Monday of December.

The Governor & LG of Hawaii are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years.

David Ige

Governor: David Ige (D)

Democratic nominee: David Ige
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, May 25, 2016:
The rather anonymous engineer and State Senator David Ige (b.1957) defeated the incumbent Democrat in the 2014 primary and won in November with 49%.

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Shan Tsutsui

Lieutenant Governor: Shan Tsutsui (D)

Democratic nominee: Shan Tsutsui
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, May 25, 2016:
The LG is nominated separately but elected on a ticket with the gubernatorial nominee. President of the State Senate Shan Tsutsui (b.1971) became LG when Brian Schatz was appointed to the US Senate.

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State Senate: 25 (25D). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 51 (45D / 6R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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