O’ahu residents can file to run for a seat on their Neighborhood Board starting Tuesday.
Candidates may apply online at www.honolulu.gov/nco. Registration forms are also available at the City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office, Honolulu Hale, room 406, or by calling (808) 768-3717. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2015.
“Serving on your Neighborhood Board presents the opportunity to create real change in your community, build a legacy, and network with other leaders,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live in it. I was honored to serve on both the Manoa and Kaimuki Neighborhood Boards.”
Candidacy is open to O’ahu residents who will be at least 18 years of age by February 20, 2015. Mailed forms must be postmarked by February 20 and received by February 27, 2015. This is also the deadline to for residents to register to vote in the Neighborhood Board elections.
Residents who voted in the 2014 primary or general elections are automatically registered to vote in the 2015 Neighborhood Board elections. Other residents may register by submitting a Neighborhood Board voter registration form. The form is posted online at http://www.honolulu.gov/nco and is available through the NCO. Voting begins April 21, 2015 and ends May 15, 2015. Elected board members serve a two year term, starting in July of 2015.
The Neighborhood Board System is the only government sponsored civic engagement system in the State of Hawai’i. While they are advisory, board activities may include study and review of capital improvement projects and zoning concerns. They may also conduct educational programs on governmental decision making processes and establish community goals, objectives, and priorities.