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Deadline nears for city council applicants

A view of District Four A view of District Four
Rep. Charles Djou Rep. Charles Djou
Council Chair Todd Apo Council Chair Todd Apo
Dan Boylan Dan Boylan

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - There have been plenty of political shakeups in Hawaii lately.  One of them doesn't even involve an election at all.  The Honolulu City Council is expected to pick the next member for Hawaii Kai as early as Thursday if five of the eight members can agree on the right person.

More than ten people have already applied.  Some of the council members have already started interviewing them.

Resumes should be submitted to the council chair's office by tomorrow.  Now a committee meeting has been called for this Thursday at 1:00 at Honolulu Hale.  That's when the public can testify in support or opposition to an applicant.  If the council members agree on a selection at that meeting they'll draft a resolution for final vote on June 9th.  That's significant because it would give the choice extra time to review the issues, including the $1.8 billion budget they'll be voting on their very first day of work. 

The only requirement is that the applicants live in District Four which stretches from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki, but Djou wants the appointee to agree not to run for the full term in the fall.

"I think it gives that individual an unfair advantage and that is why I think it is essential and important that whoever the Honolulu City Council decides to select to replace me on the council make a very clear commitment that at least for 2010 they will not stand for any public office," said Djou, from the Capitol in Washington D.C.

Council members may also try to select someone to match the District Four's style which is more conservative.

"For myself I want to consider someone that's going to fit the demographics that currently or have represented that district in the past so philosophy on some of those ideas will come into play," said Todd Apo, Honolulu City Council Chair.

"They don't tend to pick somebody out of the blue, it's someone who has been active in community affairs, has been active on neighborhood boards," said Dan Boylan, Hawaii News Now Political Analyst.

It's more important than putting a picture on the wall.  The pick will vote on key issues until January 2, 2011.

Those that have applied include attorneys, neighborhood board chairs and a Djou's former chief of staff who was let go from his office almost two years ago.

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