Candidate filing deadline is Tuesday
PEARL CITY, Oahu- The Office of Elections reminds those who want to run for office in the 2012 elections that the candidate filing deadline is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The office recommends that individuals avoid waiting until the last day to file and to obtain more than the minimum number of voter signatures required for the office they are seeking.
The primary election will be held Aug. 11.
To obtain and file nomination papers in Maui County, go to the Office of the County Clerk in the Kalana O Maui building, Room 708, 200 S. High St.
The office is open Mondays to Fridays, except holidays, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 270-7749.
On the Campaign Trail is a public service for candidates to publicize fundraisers, public appearances and other campaign-related events. Announcements must be submitted at least one week in advance of the event and should include a contact name and number. Announcements may be dropped off at The Maui News building in Wailuku, mailed to "Campaign Trail," Editorial Department, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, faxed to 242-9087, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 242-6343.
For more information about running for office and the latest candidate filing report, go to the state Elections Office website at www.hawaii.gov/elections.
Souki files papers seeking re-election
WAILUKU - Longtime state Rep. Joseph Souki has filed papers for re-election to his state House District 8 seat, which encompasses Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala and Waikapu.
Souki has served in the state Legislature since 1982.
As of Thursday morning, Souki was running unopposed.
SHOPO to consider endorsements
WAILUKU - The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, Maui Chapter will conduct interviews of candidates for political office July 23 to 25 at its Maui office, located at 1887 Wili Pa Loop, Suite 2, in Wailuku.
Anyone interested in seeking a SHOPO endorsement should contact the Maui office at 242-6129.
Hirono officially Senate candidate
HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono is officially running to succeed U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.
Hirono's campaign said that she filed nomination papers at the state elections office in Pearl City on Wednesday.
She's competing against former Congressman Ed Case for the Democratic nomination.
Former Gov. Linda Lingle and attorney John Carroll are running for the Republican nomination.
Hirono said her family lived paycheck to paycheck when she was growing up, like too many families today. She said that she understands what families are facing, and this is why she's focused on getting the economy back on track and creating jobs.
Akaka is retiring and not running for re-election. He is 87.