Six Hawaii Reps Could Face Incumbents Next Year08/03/2011
Under new proposed political boundaries for Hawaii, six incumbent state representatives would end up having to square off against another incumbent in next year's elections.
The Reapportionment Commission released on Wednesday proposals for new state House and Senate districts. The committee's plans draw 51 House and 25 Senate districts by shifting around borders to reflect population growth over the past decade and to include military and college student populations, which previously weren't counted.
Although current lawmakers' home addresses are not part of the publicly-available maps, Civil Beat has confirmed that under the proposed draft, two incumbent West Oahu representatives, two incumbent East Oahu representatives and two incumbent Big Island representatives would face one another in next year's elections. The number of House and Senate seats in each of the four counties won't change under the new plans.
The technical committee of the Reapportionment Commission reported that it could not agree on a single proposal for Hawaii's two Congressional districts, and instead put forward two options.
The full commission is expected to approve three draft plans — one House, Senate and Congressional plan — at its Friday meeting.