Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann says he's ready to "seriously consider" a run for Governor.
An official with the Office of Elections said the Hawaii Independent Party walked into the elections office to register as a new political party just before the 4:30 p.m. deadline on Thursday.
The group only needed 706 signatures from registered voters, but submitted about 2,000 signatures.
Staff at the Hawaii Office of Elections will now verify the minimum signatures were collected. If at least 706 voter signatures are approved, the Hawaii Independent Party will become a certified political party.
"If they are able to certify the party, I will seriously consider running for governor as an independent," said Hannemann.
The 706 voter signature minimum to register as a new political party represents 1/10th of 1% of the registered voters from the 2012 general election.