Maui County Committee

The Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi is hereby requesting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for the newly vacant Hawaiʻi Senate District 7 seat. Democratic Party Members interested in becoming a candidate for potential appointment by Governor Ige to the Hawaiʻi State Senate, District 7, representing East Maui, Upcountry, Molokaʻi and Lanai (encompassing House Districts 12 & 13) should apply in time for receipt at Party Offices by 11:59 pm HST on May 13, 2021 at as outlined below.

The State Senate District 7 seat was vacated on May 1, 2021 by Senator J. Kalani English, Senate Majority Leader, after two decades of distinguished service and leadership. It is the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi’s obligation to submit a list of three candidates to Hawaiʻi’s Governor, from which Governor Ige can pick a short-term replacement to fill the remainder of the term and continue the tradition of good service of Senator English. Any member of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, who has been enrolled for at least six months, is in good standing, and who lives in Senate District 7 at the time of appointment may apply.

The process to fill the vacancy is governed by Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes 17-3(a), the DPH Constitution, Article VIII, Section 9, DPH Bylaws Article IX, Sections 4 and 5, and in the “Procedures for Filling Legislative Mid-term Vacancies” document approved by the State Central Committee at their December 2010 Meeting.


Deadline: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm HST

Applicants must fill out a Statement of Candidacy form, which is available at or may be requested by email at Only applicants may submit their own candidacy form; no one may submit a nomination on behalf of another. Forms must be submitted electronically via Google Forms or via email to

 All applications will be date- and time- stamped upon receipt and a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. The selection body will verify that all applications meet the requirements for residency and “good standing”

and will prepare an official list of nominees to be considered.

District and precinct officers within Senate District 7 comprise the official selection body and will meet on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10 am HST via zoom.  The selection body will allow each candidate to speak for up to three minutes and members of the selection body will each be able to cast votes for up to three separate candidates.

The final three names as identified by the selection body will then be transmitted to the State Party Chair who will transmit the names to the Governor, who has until June 30, 2021 to make an appointment.


Senate District 7 consists of House Districts 12 and 13. The members who are eligible to vote for this vacancy election are the officers of District Councils 12 and 13, and the officers of the Precinct Clubs of those districts.