By Derrick DePledge
Hawaii County Democrats on Monday released the names of the candidates they forwarded to Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill a state House vacancy.
Abercrombie chose Richard Creagan, a doctor, to replace former Rep. Denny Coffman, who resigned for family reasons.
Michael Matsukawa, an attorney, and Steve Sakala, a farmer, were the other candidates recommended by the party. Nine candidates had applied.
The Star-Advertiser asked the governor's office last week for the three finalists before the governor appointed Creagan. The governor's office declined to release the names and referred questions to Hawaii County Democrats.