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Hawaii State Senate District 8

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Hawaii State Senate District 8
Current incumbentRonald Kouchi Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.8% Black, 3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age80.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Hawaii's eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ronald Kouchi.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,053 civilians reside within Hawaii's eighth 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 Ronald Kouchi (D) defeated William Georgi (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

Hawaii State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Kouchi Incumbent 77.7% 17,887
     Republican William Georgi 22.3% 5,138
Total Votes 23,025

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Hawaii State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $215,129. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $17,927 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Hawaii State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $135,041 2 $67,521
2010 $47,248 2 $23,624
2008 $2,225 1 $2,225
2006 $10,739 1 $10,739
2004 $1,542 1 $1,542
2002 $11,237 2 $5,619
2000 $7,097 3 $2,366
Total $215,129 12 $17,927

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