Change might be the touchstone of the fall campaigns across the mainland, but in Hawaii the status quo has already won the primary elections.
Opponents lack name recognition but are challenging Democratic incumbents Hirono and Abercrombie
This election year, the state House will get a slight makeover with at least six new representatives, while the Senate will welcome at least two new members to its chamber.
On the Big Island, the decision of two current legislators to run for open state Senate positions led to a flurry of candidates for the now-open House seats.
State Rep. Robert H. Nakasone said he is ready to continue public service after completing chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer.
On Kauai, James “Jimmy” Tokioka (D, Lihue-Koloa) and Roland Sagum III (D, Koloa-Niihau) are running unopposed for their second terms in the House, while Hermina “Mina” Morita (D, Hanalei-Kapaa) is also running unopposed for her sixth term.
What appeared to be clear sailing for Mufi Hannemann has become choppy over a rail system for Oahu
The Honolulu City Council is gaining a familiar face: former City Councilman Duke Bainum.
One of the three at-large seats that are up for grabs is uncontested, and one member is stepping down
State Sen. Lorraine Inouye and County Council members Stacy Higa and Angel Pilago are among the eight candidates running for Big Island mayor in a nonincumbent primary race.
Former Maui County Council members Sol Kaho’ohalahala and Wayne Nishiki are running for their old seats on Lanai and in South Maui respectively.
Kauai County Councilmembers Mel Rapozo and JoAnn Yukimura, as well as county Parks and Recreation Director Bernard Carvalho, were all expected to run for mayor in 2010.
Hawaii’s 2008 primary election will be Saturday, Sept. 20. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.