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Senate replacement appointed for Kokubun seat

By Associated Press


Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appointing his East Hawaii campaign chairman, Gil Kahele, to the state Senate.

Abercrombie on Tuesday chose Kahele, a 68-year-old Democrat, to represent Hilo and Naalehu to fill the vacancy left by Russell Kokubun, who Abercrombie appointed to lead the Department of Agriculture.

Kahele is a former chairman of the Hawaii County Police Commission, a former Marine and a retired employee of the Department of Defense.

Abercrombie says Kahele is a respected community leader who understands issues on both the Big Island and statewide.

Abercrombie chose Kahele from a list of three finalists submitted by the Hawaii County Democratic Party. Other candidates included businessman Russell Ruderman and database administrator Anthony Marz.

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