The Green Papers: Hawaii 2017 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2017. Find 2018 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2010 Census:1,366,862 (0.44% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)

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Hawaii State and Local Government

Nonpartisan primary candidates must receive EITHER 10% of the votes cast for an office OR at least the number of votes that any winning partisan candidate received for that office in order to advance to the General Election.

Hawaii does not permit write-ins.


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Mazie K. Hirono
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
16 May 2017: Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced she has kidney cancer and her doctors expect a full recovery.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Mazie K. Hirono
FEC S2HI00106; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,047,203; Dsb $335,605
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Crystal Elaine Carpenter
FEC S8HI00178

Class 3 Democratic Senator Brian Emanuel Schatz
Appointed: 26 December 2012 (re 17 December 2012 death of Senator Daniel K. Inouye [Democratic]). First elected in a special election: 2014; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor David Yutaka Ige
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Ernest Caravalho
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Colleen Wakako Hanabusa
CD 1.
1 September 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator John Carroll
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Andria P.L. Tupola

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui
Accedes 27 December 2012 (re: appointment of Lieutenant Governor Brian E. Schatz [Democratic] as the replacement Senator). First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - Not running for re-election in 2018.
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Josh Green
  Candidate Democratic     former state Board of Education Member Kim Coco Iwamoto
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Jill N. Tokuda

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (1 Open, 1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman Colleen Wakako Hanabusa
First elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives 2010, re-elected 2012; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate 2014; re-elected to the U.S. House in a Special [to fill the unexpired term re: the death of Kyle Mark "Mark" Takai (Democratic)] and General Election re: 8 November 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 1 September 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General Doug Chin
FEC H8HI01200
  Candidate Democratic     Mark Kaniela " Kaniela" Ing
FEC H8HI01192
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Donna Mercado Kim
FEC H4HI01167
  Candidate Democratic     Honolulu City Councilman Ernest Yorihiko "Ernie" Martin
  Candidate Republican     Brian Evans

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman Tulsi Gabbard
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Sheryl Francys "Sherry" Campagna
FEC H8HI02133
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Tulsi Gabbard
FEC H2HI02508; 30 Sep 17; Tot $569,016; Dsb $477,248
  Candidate Democratic     John Emanuel Reiss
FEC H8HI02125; 30 Sep 17; Tot $0; Dsb $0

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 6 incumbents, 14 candidates
  Republican: 3 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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