By Troy Hashimoto, Democratic Party Chair, Maui County
I am pleased to share that Governor David Ige has officially announced that he has appointed Lynn DeCoite of Moloka‘i to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 13 seat.
Ms. DeCoite is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. Along with her husband Russell, they run the largest sweet potato farm in the State of Hawai‘i. A third-generation Hawaiian homesteader, she also serves as a member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance. She is a previous member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a graduate of Moloka‘i High School.
I first met Ms. DeCoite last May when she attended the Maui County Democratic Party Convention on Maui. She served as a delegate to the State Convention and has played a strong role in our party serving as president of the 8th Precinct in District 13. Her energy, drive and dedication to our democratic values have continually impressed me.
Coming from a farming family myself, I know first-hand how hard it is to make a living in the agricultural industry. That is why I look forward to Ms. DeCoite bringing her unique perspective to the State Capitol as possibly the only legislator who is also a working farmer. Although she has large shoes to fill, I have confidence she will be a strong advocate for not only one of the most diverse, but also geographically large
districts in the State.
In my mind, her appointment is also very historic, as Maui County has not had a person from Moloka‘i serving in the state legislature in recent memory. Attending the selection interviews on Moloka‘i this past Saturday, there was a sense of excitement in the air and this news will no doubt bring pride and joy to the island.
Throughout the interview process we continually heard from all areas of District 13 that they would like to have easier access to their representatives. I hope that our use of technology in the selection process is the first step in bridging all parts of our County and will only be the beginning of building new avenues of access not in only in our party but also government.
On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our congratulations to Representative Lynn DeCoite and we stand ready to assist in any way that we can as she begins her journey officially representing the residents of
Editor’s Note: Ms. DeCoite was chosen from three candidates recommended to Gov. David Ige to complete the term vacated when the late Mele Carroll resigned her position on February 1. Sadly, Mrs. Carroll passed away early on Wednesday, February 18 with her family by her side.