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Ige appoints Hilo native to fill vacant House seat


    Chris Todd was born and raised in Hilo, where he earned his college degree in economics and political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Gov David Ige has tapped Chris Todd to replace the late Rep. Clift Tsuji in the state House of Representatives representing Hilo.

Ige chose between three candidates forwarded to him by the Hawaii County Democratic Party. Other contenders included Moana Kelii and Stacy Higa.

Todd was born and raised in Hilo and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he earned a degree in economics and political science, according to a press release from the governor’s office on Thursday announcing his appointment. He is a distribution manager for Hawaii Paper Products.

He also teaches football at Hilo High School and his wife is a teacher at Kalanianaole Middle School.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve my community,” Todd said in a statement released by the governor’s office. “I look forward to the hard work ahead and will always keep an open door and mind.”

Tsuji, who had represented the district since 2004, passed away suddenly in November after suffering a heart attack.

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