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Posted: Monday, February 24th, 2014 1:15 PM HST

New political party registers in Hawaii

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii Independent Party has enough voter signatures to satisfy the requirements for a new party.

The party is led by former Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares and Maui real estate agent Michelle del Rosario.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who lost to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary in 2010, has said that he would seriously consider running for governor as an independent if the new party is certified.

Del Rosario tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the party is an option for independent candidates to pool resources and run together.

Hawaii News Now reports that the party estimates it collected about 2,000 signatures. It needed at least 706 signatures from active registered voters or one-tenth of 1 percent of the number of statewide registered voters in the 2012 general election.

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