Democrats won't challenge Laura Thielen candidacy in court
By Justin Haas
HONOLULU, Hawaii Hawaii's Democratic Party has chosen not to file a legal challenge to the candidacy of Laura Thielen for State Senate. Instead, the party will decide whether to reprimand, censure, or expel her.
Thielen was a director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources under former Republican Governor Linda Lingle. Thus, she is unable to run for office as a Democrat, because she has not been a member of the party in good standing for at least six month. Her request for an exception to this rule was denied.
The party did not have the funds to spend on a court challenge and is now seeking to handle the matter internally, hoping it may influence voters before the primary.