Hawaii State Senate District 10

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Hawaii State Senate District 10
Current incumbentLes Ihara, Jr. Democratic Party
Ethnicity2% Black, 4.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age85.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Hawaii's tenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Les Ihara, Jr..

As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,726 civilians reside within Hawaii's tenth state senate district.[2] Hawaii state senators represent an average of 54,412 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 48,461 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Hawaii State Senate serve four-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 senate 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 senatorial 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 senator may move to a new district without being disqualified from completing the remainder of the incumbent senator'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 senate, 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 State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate 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 Les Ihara, Jr. (D) defeated Eric Marshall (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

Hawaii State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLes Ihara, Jr. Incumbent 77.7% 13,703
     Republican Eric Marshall 22.3% 3,934
Total Votes 17,637

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Hawaii State Senate District 10 have raised a total of $373,005. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,626 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Hawaii State Senate District 10
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $29,730 2 $14,865
2010 $85,497 2 $42,749
2008 $70,253 1 $70,253
2006 $91,842 1 $91,842
2004 $61,560 1 $61,560
2002 $34,123 1 $34,123
Total $373,005 8 $46,626

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