HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige has appointed a former Maui County Democratic Party chair to the Hawaii House of Representatives seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joseph Souki.
Souki, 84, resigned as a member of the state House last month as part of a settlement over sexual harassment complaints against him. He apologized for the incident but claimed he had 'no memory of ever acting inappropriately,' maintaining that he hadn't done anything wrong.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to serve in the seat once occupied by Souki.
"I am humbled by the support and confidence of my Democratic colleagues and the governor on my selection," said Hashimoto. "With a short period left in the legislative session, my top priority will be to advocate on behalf of the residents of District 8 to ensure their needs are represented and important projects are secured in the budget."
Hashimoto was listed as chair for the Maui County Democratic Party between 2013 and 2017. He has also served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011.