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Clark appointed to House District 13 seat

Linda Clark

Gov. David Ige has appointed Kaupo Community Association President Linda Ann Ha’i Clark to fill Sen. Lynn DeCoite’s former state House of Representatives seat.

Clark will take DeCoite’s place representing District 13, which includes East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini, after DeCoite was appointed by Ige in June to the state

Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. J. Kalani English.

Members of the district’s Democratic Party had submitted Clark’s name, along with Stacy Helm Crivello of Molokai and Claire Kamalu Carroll of Hana, to the governor for consideration earlier this month.

“I am extremely grateful for the appointment,” Clark said in a news release Friday. “I’d like to thank Gov. Ige for entrusting me. I’d also like to thank Sen. Lynn DeCoite and outgoing Sen. Kalani English for their years of service. I look forward to meeting my constituents as soon as possible.”

Clark is currently an independent process server for the state Child Support Enforcement Agency, according to the Governor’s Office. She has previously worked as an administrator, office manager and clerical worker for Alternatives to Violence, First Hawaiian Bank and Maui Windows and Doors. She was also the owner and operator of Kupono and Friends Day Care Center from 1996 to 2003.

In addition to serving as the president of the Kaupo Community Association, Clark has also sat on the Hana Advisory Committee and been a leader for 4-H Maui.

She was raised on a cattle ranch and is a proud wife, mother of four grown children and grandmother of three, the news release said.

On Friday, the Democratic Party of Hawaii congratulated Clark, who has been active with the party as first vice president of Precinct 13-3 and former vice chairperson of the party’s House District 13 Council.

“We look forward to working with Rep. Clark on the issues which matter most to her and the district, including sensible management of tourism, affordable housing for local residents, jobs and food security,” Democratic Party of Hawaii Chairperson Tyler Dos Santos-Tam said in a news release.

Stephanie Ohigashi, chairperson of the Maui County Democratic Party, said that as a farmer, Clark “has firsthand knowledge of agriculture and water issues, which are so important to House District 13.”

“Her record as a community leader and volunteer shows her dedication to the community,” Ohigashi said.

Clark will take office once the House qualifies her and the oath of office is administered.

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