Hawaii Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Hawaii Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Neil Abercrombie Democratic Party
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The Hawaii gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Neil Abercrombie (D) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Hawaii is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Republican Party Duke Aiona - Former Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee[4]
Democratic Party David Ige - State Senator, representing District 16[5]
Libertarian Party Jeff Davis (Hawaii) - Solar contractor, radio show host[6]
Independent Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann - Former mayor of Honolulu[7]

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party Neil Abercrombie - Incumbent[8]
Democratic Party Van Tanabe[9]
Republican Party Charles Collins - Retired businessman, artist, frequent candidate[9]
Republican Party Stuart Gregory - Frequent candidate[9]


Independent (Nonpartisan) Misty Davis[10]
Independent (Nonpartisan) Khistina Dejean[10]
Independent (Nonpartisan) Richard Morse, Jr.[10]


Independent (Nonpartisan) Joe Spatola - Entertainer[10]

Race background

After long-serving U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye's death on December 17, 2012,[11] Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) was authorized to appoint someone to fill the open seat until 2014. The appointee had to be one of three names submitted by the state party of the incumbent. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) topped the list of early contenders, and Inouye listed Hanabusa as his explicit preference in a letter to Abercrombie before his death. [12] However, on December 26, 2012, Governor Neil Abercrombie denied Inouye his deathbed request by naming his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to Inouye's seat instead.[13] [14] Despite being picked over for the appointment, Hanabusa could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014,[15][16][17] when the governor is also up for election. As reported in The Hill on December 27, 2012, the day after Schatz' appointment, Hanabusa is considering a potential bid to challenge Abercrombie in the 2014 Democratic primary election.[18][19]

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named duke
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ige
  6. Jeff Davis for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Meet Jeff," accessed February 18, 2014
  7. Hawaii News Now, "Hannemann supporters reach goal, will Mufi run?," February 21, 2014
  8. Neil Abercrombie for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Hawaii Division of Elections, "2014 Primary Candidate List: Certified," printed June 10, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 West Hawaii Today, "Nonpartisans in Hawaii governor race disqualified," June 25, 2014
  11. ABC news, "Sen. Dan Inouye Dies; In Office Since '59," December 17, 2012
  12. WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  13. Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  14. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  15. WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  16. CBS news, "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  17. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  18. The Hill, "Source: Hanabusa receiving 'a lot of pressure' to run against Abercrombie," December 27, 2012
  19. KHON2, "EXCLUSIVE: Hanabusa says 2014 run for governor, Senate, House all on table," January 14, 2013