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Abercrombie appoints engineer to fill state House seat

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:23 p.m. HST, Jun 13, 2014


George Okuda, a licensed civil and structural engineer who previously worked for the Hawaiian Electric Co., has been appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill the state House seat vacated by Rep. Jessica Wooley.

Wooley left the post to become director of the state Department of Health's Office of Environmental Quality Control.

"George has more than a decade of public service experience and has active legislative ties to the windward Oahu community. He will bring stability during this transition period," Abercrombie said in a news release announcing the appointment Friday.

The district covers Kahuluu, Ahuimanu and Kaneohe in Windward Oahu.

Okuda has served as a legislative aide for state Rep. Ken Ito (D, Kaneohe-Maunawili-Kailua) since 2000, drafting, tracking and analyzing bills and resolutions, according to the release. He was also responsible for meeting and working with various state department personnel, organizations and constituents on measures before the Legislature.

Okuda has not filed papers to seek re-election to the seat and will fill out the term until the next Legislature is elected in November.

Candidates for the open seat are Robert Harris and Jarrett K. Keohokalole on the Democrats' side, Eldean L. Kukahiko for the Republicans, Libertarian Kaimanu Takayama and nonpartisan candidate Kana Naipo.

Wooley was appointed director of the environmental office in March and confirmed by the Senate by a 17-8 vote.

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Correction: House District 48 includes Ahuimanu, not Aliamanu as reported in an earlier version of this article. Also, the last name of nonpartisan candidate Kana Naipo has been corrected.






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Willieboy wrote:
so why can't Abercrombie hire an engineer to head the Dept of Transportation? instead he hires one of his cronies who has a journalism degree.... go figure
on June 13,2014 | 12:47PM
kuulani123 wrote:
Just a few typos - the area covers Kahalu'u, AHUIMANU, and Kane'ohe. Also, the libertarian's last name is Naipo. Mahalo!
on June 13,2014 | 01:41PM
kuulani123 wrote:
Nonpartisan, not libertarian, is Naipo. Whoops!
on June 13,2014 | 01:42PM
copperwire9 wrote:
George is a really nice man. I'm sure he'll be the ideal interim officeholder. Congratulations.
on June 13,2014 | 02:04PM
star08 wrote:
We need more engineers in politics. If politics were honest brokers engineers would fit right in.
on June 13,2014 | 10:35PM
bengoshi wrote:
If he's a licensed engineer, why then also a session legislative assistant for the past 10 years? I'm all for democratic involvement, but something sounds funny.
on June 14,2014 | 12:22AM
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