HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Councilmember Breene Harimoto on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the Hawaii State Senate. He will seek the State Senate District 16 seat (Pearl City – Aiea – Halawa – Pearl Harbor) that will be vacated by Senator David Ige, who is running for Governor. Harimoto will run as a Democrat.
"After much soul-searching, prayers and consultations with family and friends, I have decided to not seek re-election to the City Council," Harimoto said. "Instead, I will run for the senate where my past experiences have prepared me well to help shape state policies that will determine the future of Hawaii."
Harimoto is currently serving his first term on the Honolulu City Council, representing Council District VIII (Aiea – Pearl City – Waipahu). He is chairman of the Council's Transportation Committee and also serves as the chairman of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees allocation of federal transportation funds on Oahu.
Harimoto is a life-long resident of Pearl City and a graduate of Waipahu High School and the University of Hawaii.