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5 Candidates Step Forward to Fill Lynn DeCoite's Now-Vacant House Seat

Governor David Ige Appoints Senator Lynn DeCoite
Office of Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige
Gov. David Ige stands with newly appointed state Senator Lynn DeCoite. Ige chose DeCoite from a list of three candidates to replace former state Senator J. Kalani English, who held the seat for 24 years.

Five candidates have stepped forward in hopes of filling the now-vacant seat of Molokaʻi Representative Lynn DeCoite. Gov. David Ige recently appointed her to serve in the district’s Senate seat following former Senator J. Kalani English's retirement.

The candidates include a former Maui County Councilmember, community leaders, a small business owner, and an Army veteran:

  • Claire Kamalu Carroll of Hāna, Maui, is a board member for the Hāna Community Association, Project Hoʻomana, and Early Childhood Strategies Team 4, and the Soil and Water Conservation District of East Maui
  • Linda Clark of Kaupō, Maui, is president of the Kaupō Community Association and has served as a volunteer club leader for 4H
  • Stacy Helm Crivello of Molokaʻi, was a County Councilmember for five years and currently works as the island’s liaison for Mayor Michael Victorino
  • John-Bull English of Hāna, Maui, is an Army veteran, farmer, advocate for students with learning disabilities, and traditional Hawaiian hale and fishpond builder
  • Barbara Haliniak of Molokaʻi, is a small business owner and current president of the Molokai Island Foundation.

Both Carroll and Crivello recently ran unsuccessfully for seats on the county council.

Candidates interested in House District 13 seat had until June 30 to submit their names to the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.

Party officials plan to convene on July 3 to determine which three names to forward to Ige, who will then have until August 16 to choose a candidate. At the Saturday meeting, each eligible officer of the Democratic Party’s House District 13 Council will be permitted to vote for up to three different candidates.

Updated: July 1, 2021 at 12:40 PM HST
July 1, 2021 - This story has been updated to reflect the five candidates who submitted applications before the June 30 deadline.
Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Her commitment to her Native Hawaiian community and her fluency in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has led her to build a de facto ʻōiwi beat at the news station. Send your story ideas to her at
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