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Hawaii County moves to replace Kawauchi as clerk

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:03 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2012

<br />2012 September 21 CTY - Jamae Kawauchi, Hawaii County Clerk. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE<br />

HILO » Hawaii County is moving toward selecting a new county clerk. 

KHON reports new county council Chairman J. Yoshimoto has signed a resolution appointing Stewart Maeda as county clerk. 

Maeda would replace Jamae Kawauchi if his appointment is confirmed by county council members. 

Kawauchi was in charge of the county’s elections during the primary election in August when 13 out of 40 polling places opened late. Two polling places opened at least an hour behind schedule.

Hawaii News Now reports county council members will vote on Maeda’s nomination after they are sworn-in on December 3.

Maeda is a long-time employee of the state Department of Human Services.

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Kapaho wrote:
Maeda is a good choice. Kinda feel sorry for Kawauchi because Dominic Yagong forced her to fire some of the Elections Office employees.
on November 16,2012 | 05:04PM
magicman1433 wrote:
Shouldn't the state be moving to replace the chief elections officer?
on November 16,2012 | 05:07PM
Upperkula wrote:
Can you say LOLO,
on November 16,2012 | 05:09PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Kawauchi 's departure will enable Hawaii County to move past the election snafu. Maeda will have ample time to prepare for the next election.
on November 16,2012 | 05:48PM
Workingrl wrote:
The State should get rid of Scott Nago so the State can move past the election day travesty that was much more than a snafu.
on November 17,2012 | 06:38AM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
on November 16,2012 | 09:29PM
rhs763 wrote:
What about the Chief Elections Officer? Hawaii county removes their clerk when Nago publicly attacks her incompetence. The late openings and number of Big Isle polling places involved appears less of a problem than not having ballots delivered to the many Oahu polling places for 4-5 hours. Yet no government nor media inquisition. Nago must be a relative/friend of some powerful people!?
on November 17,2012 | 04:24AM
nontaister1 wrote:
Nago's time will come....
on November 17,2012 | 04:33AM
bender wrote:
I feat it will probably be a promotion instead of being punished.
on November 17,2012 | 06:38AM
bender wrote:
Should have said "fear" instead of "feat". Sorry for the fat thumb.
on November 17,2012 | 06:39AM
cojef wrote:
No matter which way one looks at the issues, there was snafu of great importance. Feel bad for Kawaguchi, but that's the way the ball bounces. Someone has got to be the fall person, and she is the closest to issues, so she's it. Although, Nago contributed to the 2nd snafu, thing is being done? Strange, politics? Questions, and questions abound?
on November 17,2012 | 06:18AM
Workingrl wrote:
Nago was in charge when the election day "snafu" happened. Why isn't his head rolling? Is he a civil servant? Kawauchi's departure is politics as usual.
on November 17,2012 | 06:40AM
mikipooh wrote:
Yes, I agree - remove him as well.
on November 17,2012 | 06:57AM
jankenpo wrote:
Nago should be replaced also. The screw up on Oahu was just as bad if not worse than what happened on the Big Island. Whether the ballot shortage was on purpose (from instructions by a higher power) or not, Nago should resign voluntarily. From "inadvertently" listing the names on the ballot in the wrong order to these ballot shortage, I now have no confidence in our election process. Too many things happened to think it was accidental.
on November 17,2012 | 10:08AM
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