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13 apply to replace state Rep. Mele Carroll

    Rep. Mele Carroll

WAILUKU » Thirteen people have applied to replace District 13 state Rep. Mele Carroll.

The 13 submitted applications to represent the district for East Maui, Lanai and Molokai before the deadline Friday night, the Maui News reported.

Carroll, who had served since 2005, stepped down Feb. 1 for health reasons.

The 22-member Democratic Party District 13 Selection Committee will submit three names to Gov. David Ige, who will pick Carroll’s replacement.

The 13 applicants have ties to business and environmental nonprofit groups.

The list includes Lori Buchanan of Molokai, co-owner of Molokai Security Service; Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku, a freelance technical and grant writer; Scott Crawford of Hana, executive director of Kipahulu Ohana; and Lynn DeCoite of Molokai, a member of the state Board of Agriculture.

Robert Parsons of Haiku, an executive assistant to Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Carroll’s opponent in the last election, and Barbara Haliniak of Molokai, owner of The Business Depot, who ran against Carroll in the Democratic primary, applied to replace her.

Alberta de Jetley of Lanai, publisher of Lanai Today; Lucienne de Naie of Huelo, a member of the Maui Cultural Lands Advisory Board; and David Fry of Haiku, owner of Tanuki Interactive, a Web development and strategy company, applied.

The others are Susan "Netra" Halperin of Haiku, executive director of Restorative Solutions Maui; Lance Holter of Paia, a former chairman of the Maui County Democratic Party; Kay Okamoto of Lanai, owner of Okamoto Realty; and Noelani Yamashita of Molokai, the executive director of Ka Honua Momona International.

The nominating committee does not plan to publicly release the top three names.

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