Speaker Joseph M. Souki today shared the following statement on the resignation of Representative Denny Coffman from the Hawaii House of Representatives:
“It is with deep sadness and regret that I accept the resignation of Rep. Coffman from the State House. I am grateful for all that he has done for state and the Legislature where he has been a respected and positive proponent of environmental progress. I am honored to have been able to call Denny a colleague and I, along with the members of the House, offer our sincere sympathies and wish him and his family the best. He will surely be missed.”
Big Island Representative Denny Coffman announced earlier today his resignation from the State House of Representatives. In a letter to State leaders, he expressed his plans to spend time with his family as his daughter faces a medical issue. His resignation is effective December 20, 2013
The Hawaii House District 5 seat (Na’alehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona) will officially be vacant on December 21, 2013. Upon the seat’s vacancy, the Democratic Party of Hawaii must submit within thirty days a list of three prospective appointees to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor must then appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of Rep. Coffman’s seat within 60 days of the vacancy from the list of candidates provided by the party.