Jamae Kawauchi appears to be out as Hawaii County Clerk

Jamae Kawauchi
Jamae Kawauchi

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County will soon have a new council chair and possibly a new county clerk.

On Sunday council members named J Yoshimoto, a three-term councilman from Hilo, the new chair.

During that meeting chair-elect Yoshimoto nominated Stewart Maeda as the new county clerk.

Council members will vote on Maeda's nomination after they are sworn-in on December 3.

If approved Maeda will take over from Jamae Kawauchi.

Kawauchi has recently come under fire after major problems plagued the primary election including poll books not being delivered, supplies missing, equipment malfunctions or phones not working.

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