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Maui mayoral candidate Mamuad disqualified

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:27 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2014

WAILUKU » A Maui man who sued the county then attempted to run for mayor was blocked from the race Wednesday because of how he filed financial disclosure statements.

Neldon Mamuad said on his MAUIWatch Facebook page that a Maui judge disqualified him in a Wednesday ruling.

The Maui News reported the Maui County Clerk had already said that he should be disqualified, but county officials asked a judge to weigh in on the matter.

Mamuad has said he was led to believe by a county elections clerk that because he already submitted paperwork for his role on the Liquor Control Commission he didn't have to file more disclosures. But the clerk said she told Mamuad he had to make changes to his paperwork.

Mamuad filed the paperwork a half hour before closing time on the last day to file, county officials said. They said that two days after the filing deadline, a clerk told Mamuad that his nomination papers did not contain the required financial-disclosure statement, and then Mamuad emailed the clerk and included a financial-disclosure statement as an attachment.

Mamuad said that there was a miscommunication and that it was "an honest mistake."

Mamuad is founder of the MAUIWatch Facebook page and sued the county after a complaint was filed against him about his posts. Mamuad said he was pressured to shut down the page. His lawsuit was settled out of court for $25,000 last month.

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