Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on September 18, 2010.[1] Sharing a ticket with Neil Abercrombie, Democrat Brian E. Schatz won the race easily. The pair took the oath of office in December 2010.

Voter registration deadlines were August 19, 2010 for the primary and October 4, 2010 for the general election. Polling hours on all election days were from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm, local time.

Candidate filing opened on February 1, 2010 and the filing deadline for all races passed at 4:30 pm on July 20, 2010.

Hawaii numbers among the 20 states that elect the governor and the lieutenant governor on a single ticket in both the primary and general elections.

The November Ballot – Who Made It? Hawaii Lieutenant Governor[2]
Nominee Affiliation
Brian E. Schatz Democrat
Lynn Finnegan Republican
Deborah Spence Free Energy
Leonard I. Kama Non-Partisan
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

As of November 16, 2010, all precincts were reported and counted, and the final statement of vote was available.[3]

2010 Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Brian E. Schatz 57.79%
     Republican Party Lynn Finnegan 40.82%
     Independent Deborah Spence 0.33%
     Independent Leonard I. Kama 0.33%
     - spoilt ballots 0.73%
Total Votes 385,385

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Hawaii has one of the earliest gubernatorial inaugurations in the Union. The argument for having the governor and lieutenant governor take office so early is to give him time to prepare legislation and a budget before the general assembly sits. Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie and Lieutenant Governor-elect Brian E. Schatz were sworn in at noon, local time, on December 6, 2010.

Transition team

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombe's transition website was at NewDayHawaii.org. On November 4, 2010, Abercrombie named his campaign manager, Bill Kaneko, as head of the transition effort.[4]

Appointments in the Abercrombie/Schatz Administration

Lieutenant Governor-elect Schatz named Kimberley Wong Yoshimoto, his campaign coordinator during the election, as his Chief of Staff. Joining her as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor was attorney Malia Oshima Paul.[5]

Governor-elect Abercrombie named campaign operations manager Amy Asselbaye as Chief of Staff. Immediately under Asselbaye, as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, was Andrew Aoki, deputy campaign manager during Abercrombie's election bid.[6]

Asselbaye was tasked with managing cabinet appointments and policy implementation while Aoki was charged with policy planning and strategy.



  • State Representative Lyla B. Berg, a former academic principal
  • President of the State Senate Robert "Bobby" Bunda, an Air Force veteran with executive level experience in the banking and insurance industries
  • Steven A. Hirakami
  • State Senator Gary L. Hooser, at one time the Senate Majority Leader, owns a publishing business and at one time worked in real estate
  • State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu, an attorney and realtor
  • State Senator Norman L. Sakamoto, a civil engineer and a general contractor
  • Brian E. Schatz, formerly a state Senator and chair of the Hawaii Democratic Party
  • John S. Yamamoto


  • Lynn Berbano "Lynn" Finnegan, the Minority Leader of Hawaii's State House of Representatives
  • Adrienne S. King, an attorney with experience as a prosecutor and in private practice
  • Dana E. Wedemeyer-Steele ended her race early. As of late July, she did not appear on the official list of candidates and her campaign site had been taken down.


  • Bruce L. Bellows
  • Leonard Leo Kama, I

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