Kauai County Primary Election Guide
Your one-stop guide for primary election races in the County of Kauai, with associated research and media links.
This compilation gives a voter the ability to access the current campaign and media available to evaluate and compare State Legislature and County level primary races for key criteria and “change potential.”
When pictures are included, they are intended to draw attention to strong challenges or candidates. These are not endorsements, but reflect candidates that could have an impact in these races, offices and Hawaii’s future.
Criteria is based on the premises articulated in the main article “Primarily Voting For Change”;
1. New Candidate (or relatively new. Challenging incumbent and/or stepping up to higher office)
2. Female (to address the gender inequity in offices)
3. Young (to address the age representation inequity in offices)
4. Grassroots (community based, public interest, not corporate-funded)
The intent in promoting change is to enhance the democratic process and expose voters to options that make primary candidate evaluation easier, versus a default to name recognition or incumbent advantage. See all the candidate specific links (orange) under each candidate and published non-campaign media and videos below in each race area and/or at the bottom of the guide.
We encourage readers to look at the basic criteria, as well as both/all of the candidates platforms and positions. Evaluate based on substantive criteria, research, community engagement and nature of campaign donors. Decisions for support, donation, advocacy and voting are up to you!
Engage mail in, early and election day voting and also encourage your ohana, organizations and communities. Make the Primary little ‘d’ democracy in the islands strong— It is where we have the widest and most diverse choices. So… People to the primary polls!
State Senate District 8- No Election
House of Reps. District 14
House of Reps. District 15
House of Reps. District 16
Kauai County Mayor (Non-Partisan)
Ana Mo Des
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI’I: Kaua’i Mayor (video)
Kauai County Council (Non-Partisan)
Ross Kagawa, Incumbent
Kauai Election & Media Links:
Early Voting- Mail & Walk In
Early walk-in dates are as follows: Primary Election: Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 9
Campaign Spending Reports
Search by Name or Office; Click name, click ‘View Report’ for 7.31.17 and 1.30.18 ‘Schedule A- Contributions Received’
Registered voters on the north shore of Kauai who were directly impacted by flooding in April will be mailed absentee ballot applications and information for the Aug. 11 primary election, according to a statement released by Kauai’s Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division.
This enhanced voting service is for those living inside the established security checkpoints that were created as a result of road damage from the flooding. The damage has resulted in restricted travel routes from Wainiha to Haena.
Absentee ballot applications will also be available at the security checkpoints and at the Hanalei Colony Resort. Voters living inside the security checkpoints should submit their applications by July 6 and pick up their ballots on July 20 at the Hanalei Colony Resort. For more information visit www.kauai.gov/countyclerk, www.kauai.gov/elections and www.kauai.gov/KEMA.