Whether you thought she was a victim, a martyr, or a savior, you have to agree that former Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi qualifies as the most notable person in Hawaii County for 2012. Kawauchi put Hawaii County on the map with her management of the Primary Election and pointed to Elections Division staff, the deputy county clerk, and the state Office of Elections for the problems this county encountered. The state Office of Elections took over management of the General Election. Scott Nago, who heads the state Office of Elections, sent over his most competent staffer Lori Tomczyk to run this county’s General Election. But without Tomczyk, Oahu’s election was a mess. Tomczyk ultimately took the fall for a ballot shortage mess that occurred on Oahu during the General Election, even though she was here in Hawaii County running our election! Auwe! If anything, the downfall of Tomczyk in the General Election made Kawauchi’s claims against the state Office of Elections more viable. After Kawauchi’s term ended earlier this month, she went on to be among newly elected Prosecutor Mitch Roth’s first hires. Kawauchi is now reportedly working for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Kona.
Posted by Tiffany Edwards Hunt @ 8:43 am