|Governor of Hawaii|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Mayor of City and County of Honolulu|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University (1976)|
|Birthday||July 16, 1954|
|Place of birth||Honolulu, Hawaii|
Hannemann last sought election in 2012 as a Democratic candidate for U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Hawaii. He was defeated by Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic primary.
Hannemann announced his independent candidacy for Governor of Hawaii on April 24, 2014. Although Hannemann has long been affiliated with the Democratic Party, he petitioned to certify the Hawaii Independent Party for placement on the 2014 ballot. In order to run on the Hawaii Independent Party ticket, Hannemann had to collect a minimum of 706 signatures from registered voters, which is equal to one-tenth of one percent of statewide registered voters from the previous statewide general election as required by Hawaii election law.
Hannemann was born and raised in the Honolulu area and graduated from the Iolani School. He left Hawaii after high school to study music at Harvard University, graduating in 1976. Hannemann earned a Fulbright Scholarship at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He later returned to Honolulu and took a job at his alma mater, the Iolani School, where he taught history and coached the school's basketball team.
Hannemann segued from teaching into a career in government when he was tapped to serve as special assistant to both George Ariyoshi, who was the Hawaii governor at the time, and President Jimmy Carter. In the latter position, he worked closely with the United States Department of the Interior. In 1991, Hannemann was again appointed to a government position, this time under Gov. John D. Waihee III. During Waihee's tenure, Hannemann led the Hawaii Pro Bowl Host Committee, the Task Force on Homeporting, the Hawaii Office of International Relations and the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. His most recent White House appointments were as United States Representative to the South Pacific Commission, under Bill Clinton, and in the United States Department of Labor as a member of the President's Council on the 21st Century Workforce, under George W. Bush.
Hannemann's credits as a businessman include President and General Manager of Punaluu Sweetbread Shop and C. Brewer Hawaiian Juices, and, beginning in 1984, Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for parent company, C. Brewer and Company, Ltd.
- Iolani School
- Bachelor of Arts in Music - Harvard University (1976)
- See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014
|Hawaii Governor - General Election|
|Poll||David Ige (D)||Duke Aiona (R)||Mufi Hannemann (I)||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
September 9-10, 2014
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General Election Hypothetical Match-up
Democratic incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2014. The first term chief executive campaigned on tenterhooks for a possible second term before suffering a humiliating 36 point defeat by state Sen. David Ige in the August 9 Democratic primary election.
Wavering approval numbers, key endorsement losses and the emergence of formidable challengers in both the primary and general election placed Abercrombie at the top of the list of most vulnerable seats in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle. In the months leading up to the primary, inconsistent polling data and conflicting race projections thickened the air of uncertainty which hung over Abercrombie's re-election bid. Still, Ige's upset by a landslide 2-1 margin, despite outspending Ige 10-1, marked a stunning early elimination for the incumbent. In the aftermath of the primary, Abercrombie attributed his defeat to his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage in November 2013. According to Abercrombie, Republican opponents of gay marriage took advantage of the Democratic Party's open primary to vote en masse for Ige, who happened to have supported Abercrombie's push for the measure in the legislature, because Abercrombie's absence in the general election paved the way for the GOP to reclaim the governor's seat in the general election and ultimately block the measure's progress.
As far back as November 2013, several factors besides the gay marriage issue indicated Abercrombie could be at risk of losing re-election in 2014, beginning with long-time Hawaii lawmaker David Ige's entry into the Democratic primary race. Ige has been the state Sen. for district 16 since 1994 and currently serves as chair of the chamber's Ways and Means Committee. Abercrombie trailed Ige in each of the Democratic primary polls taken after the June 3 candidate filing deadline, including a Honolulu Civil Beat Poll of likely Democratic voters conducted by Merriman River Group about a week before the primary showing Ige leading 51-41 percent. Despite having secured the endorsement of fellow Hawaii-native and Democratic President Barack Obama, more overall attention was paid to Ige's endorsements from ex-governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi, both influential Hawaii Democrats previously considered close allies of Abercrombie.
The notable defections of Cayetano and Ariyoshi could have stemmed from Abercrombie's controversial December 2012 decision to appoint his then-Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the open U.S. Senate seat left by the death of veteran Senator Daniel Inouye (D). For Abercrombie, tapping Schatz meant defying Inouye's deathbed wish that his successor be U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Abercrombie was required to appoint one of three individuals submitted by the state party of the incumbent, and Hanabusa—in addition to being Inouye's stated preference—had topped the list of early contenders, therefore the governor's call angered some members of the party. After being picked over for the Senate post, Hanabusa threatened taking on Abercrombie for the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary nomination. Although Hanabusa ultimately decided to pursue a full term in Inouye's seat in the 2014 election, a measure of residual ill-will toward Abercrombie may have existed among the state's Democratic elite and possibly affected his chances of winning a second term.
If Abercrombie had survived Ige's primary challenge, another threat would have awaited him in the second phase of the election in the form of ex-Hawaii Lieutenant Governor and 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Duke Aiona, who lost the office to Abercrombie four years ago this November. Aiona launched his second bid in early 2014 in hopes of staging a general election re-match with Abercrombie. Polls taken prior to Abercrombie's primary knockout reinforced expectations of a tight general election contest between the former foes. On August 9, Aiona won the GOP nomination for the second consecutive cycle, earning 97 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
The last time a sitting Hawaii Governor ran for re-election and failed was in 1962, when Republican William Francis Quinn, who, in addition to being Hawaii's first governor was also its first and only lame duck governor, until Abercrombie; Quinn was unseated in the 1962 general election by Democratic challenger John Anthony Burns. 
Hannemann ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 2nd District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Hannemann was defeated by Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mazie Hirono vacated the seat.
- See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2010
Hannemann was serving as mayor of Honolulu when he declared his bid for the governor's office in 2010. He had to resign from the post in order to run in the September 18 Democratic gubernatorial primary, which he lost to Neil Abercrombie by a steep margin of over 20 percentage points. Abercrombie went on to win the general election.
|Mufi Hannemann (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$509,468.27||$250,458.92||$(128,961.12)||$630,966.07|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$630,966.07||$252,861.01||$(380,072.27)||$503,754.81|
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- Hawaii News Now, "Mufi Hannemann announces candidacy for Hawaii governor's race," April 24, 2014
- Mufi Hannemann, "About" accessed July 23, 2012
- Hawaii Reporter, "Hannemann All a Twitter About His Congressional Run, But for Some, Bad Memories Still Linger," August 30, 2011
- AP Results, "Hawaii U.S. House Primary Election Results" accessed August 12, 2012
- Hawaii News Now, "Hannemann supporters reach goal, will Mufi run?," February 21, 2014
- Vote Mufi Facebook Page, "Info" accessed July 23, 2012
- Mufihannemann.com, "Personal Mufi Hannemann for Governor | For All of Us," accessed August 29, 2010
- Politico, "Schatz-Hanabusa race too close to call," August 10, 2014
- Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014
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- Real Clear Politics, "2014 Governor Races, Ratings Map," accessed June 30, 2014
- USA Today, "Hawaii gov. blames political loss on gay marriage," August 30, 2014
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Ige Holds Healthy Lead Over Abercrombie in Hawaii Governor’s Race," June 12, 2014
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Civil Beat Poll: Ige Maintains Solid Lead Over Abercrombie," July 31, 2014
- khon2.com, "HSTA endorses David Ige for governor," February 16, 2014
- The Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie loses support of former ally Cayetano," November 17, 2013
- Washington Post, "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
- WMTW.com, "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
- CBS news, "Inouye replacement to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
- Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
- The Hill, "Source: Hanabusa receiving 'a lot of pressure' to run against Abercrombie," December 27, 2012
- KHON2, "EXCLUSIVE: Hanabusa says 2014 run for governor, Senate, House all on table," January 14, 2013
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Ige Holds Healthy Lead Over Abercrombie in Hawaii Governor’s Race," June 12, 2014
- The Hill, "Former Honolulu Mayor Hannemann to run for House" accessed December 5, 2011
- Roll Call, "Mufi Hannemann Announces Open-Seat House Bid in Hawaii" accessed December 5, 2011
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "Off and running," September 30, 2010
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "Special election needed for mayor," July 21, 2010
- State of Hawaii Office of Elections, "Primary Election 2010 Statewide Summary Report," accessed September 29, 2010
- FEC Reports, "Mufi Hannemann Summary Reports" accessed July 23, 2012
- FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2012
- FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed July 15, 2012
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