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Hawaii House of Representatives District 8

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Hawaii House of Representatives District 8
Current incumbentJoseph Souki Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.2% Black, 8.2% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Hawaii's eighth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Joseph Souki.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 27,894 civilians reside within Hawaii's eighth state house district.[2] Hawaii state representatives represent an average of 54,412 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 48,461 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Hawaii House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Hawaii legislators assume office the first day of Legislative session following the election (usually the third Wednesday of January).


From Article III, Section 7 of the Hawaii Constitution: No person shall be eligible to serve as a member of the house of representatives unless the person has been a resident of the State for not less than three years, has attained the age of majority and is, prior to filing nomination papers and thereafter continues to be, a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected; except that in the year of the first general election following reapportionment, but prior to the primary election, an incumbent representative may move to a new district without being disqualified from completing the remainder of the incumbent representative's term.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Hawaii legislature are paid $46,272/year. Additionally, legislators receive $150/day for per diem for members living outside Oahu during session, and $120/day during the interim while conducting official legislative business. Members living inside Oahu receive $10/day during the interim while conducting legislative business.[3]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. For all vacancies, the Governor must appoint a replacement within 60 days after the vacancy happened. The candidate is selected from a list of three prospective candidates submitted by the political party that last held the vacant seat. The party has thirty days after the vacancy to submit a list of prospective candidates. If the person leaving the seat is a independent, the Governor must select a resident from the vacant district that is not a member of any political party.[4][5]



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Joe Souki was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Cranston Kaleialoha Kapoi was unopposed in the Republican primary. Souki defeated Kapoi in the general election.[6][7][8]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Souki Incumbent 66.4% 5,359
     Republican Cranston Kaleialoha Kapoi 33.6% 2,715
Total Votes 8,074


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 5, 2012. Incumbent Joseph Souki (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Hawaii House of Representatives District 8 have raised a total of $430,099. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $25,300 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Hawaii House of Representatives District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $42,400 1 $42,400
2010 $81,501 5 $16,300
2008 $74,301 2 $37,151
2006 $86,004 2 $43,002
2004 $68,314 3 $22,771
2002 $37,735 2 $18,868
2000 $39,844 2 $19,922
Total $430,099 17 $25,300

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