Do I have a race? I think not.
The filing deadline for the 2010 elections was yesterday at 4:30 p.m. David Hamman, a Republican living in Princeville, pulled nomination papers for the House District 14 seat on July 13. He filed the House nomination papers on July 19 and withdrew his nomination papers that same day. Then on that same day, July 19, he pulled nomination papers for the Senate District 7 seat and filed his nomination papers that same day. I believe he had no intention of running for the House seat because his website announced his candidacy for the Kauai Senate seat before July 13.
Today I learned that Scott Nago, the Chief Elections Officer, has made a decision that would give the Republican Party of Hawaii an extra three days to field a Republican candidate against me because of Hamman’s withdrawal. The law does allow for a Party to fill a “vacancy” by a candidate who withdraws from a race after filing. However, since Hamman withdrew from the House race prior to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, the filing deadline, he was no longer a candidate. I believe the Chief Elections Officer misinterpreted the law in a way that would make the filing deadline meaningless. I have sent a request to the Office of Elections asking for the legal basis for this decision.