Harry Williams Declared a Legal Candidate

admin | September 5th, 2010 - 10:43 pm

Judge Randal Valenciano apropriately ruled that Harry William’s candidacy for the 14th District is viable. Steven Nishimura, head of the Kauai Democratic party filed a complaint in the Fith Circuit Court against Harry Williams claiming that William’s [candidacy based on a three day extension granted by the Office of Elections when David R. Hamman withdrew from the house race to file for the senate race] was not qualified based upon the allegation that Hamman’s candidacy was not valid due to the fact that two signatures were missing from the application for the house position – [the certification by the partisan candidate and oath of  loyalty or affirmation].

David R. Hamman held the position that he relied upon the clerk of the office of elections to guide him through the process and that the office of elections has a fiduciary duty to properly assist individuals seeking to file. He complied with what he was instructed to do, paid the fee, completed the process, and was declared a candidate.

Therefore, the complaint by Nishimura against Williams was misdirected. Williams complied with protoccol and was not involved in an act of issue. Furthermore, Hamman had to the best of his knowledge at the time, complied with protoccol. If Nishimura had a true concern in relation to qualifications he ought to have filed a complaint seeking inquiry into the actions of the office of elections. But obviously there was no sustainable credence to his misconstrued attempts to eliminate candidates from running against his party.  

This was clearly a political ploy. Nishimura shrewdly attempted to eliminate Williams through default. Williams was on a job out of state. Hamman searched feriously to find an attorney who could be retained by Williams. William’s wife after having retained an attorney to represent Williams was prepared to address the court in request of a continuance. Fortunately Judge Valenciano ruled correctly by stating that Hamman became a legitimate candididate upon the office of elections signing of acceptance of  Hamman’s application.

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