Yoshimura was Only Non-Candidate on List
SA: …Ige selected Yoshimura from a list of three nominees submitted to him by the Oahu Democratic Party. The other two nominees were state Rep. Matt LoPresti and Veronica Duzon, an attorney. LoPresti, Duzon and Alicia Maluafiti, who runs a nonprofit for pets and is a former lobbyist for Hawaii seed companies, are competing to win the Democratic primary on Aug. 11. The winner will face Kurt Fevella, the only Republican who filed papers to run for the seat and a member of the Ewa Beach neighborhood board….
read … Ige appoints Jon Yoshimura to vacant Ewa Senate seat
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GOVERNOR IGE APPOINTS JON YOSHIMURA TO OʻAHU SENATE SEAT, REPLACING WILL ESPERO
News Release from Office of the Governor, July 30, 2018
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige appointed Jon Yoshimura to the Oʻahu Senate seat previously occupied by former Sen. Will Espero. Yoshimura will represent District 19 until a new senator is elected in November’s General Election. Yoshimura is not running for the seat.
Yoshimura, who most recently worked in the renewable energy sector for Tesla and SolarCity Hawai‘i, was previously the communications director for Sen. Daniel K. Akaka. Prior to that, he was a Honolulu city councilmember (District VI), an attorney and a reporter at KHON2-TV.
Yoshimura graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a B.A. in journalism and earned his J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law.
“Jon has the knowledge and skills to ably represent the people of this district until the new senator is elected in November. I’m pleased that he was willing to take on this responsibility,” said Gov. Ige.
“I’m humbled by the appointment and I’d like to thank Governor Ige and Ewa party officials for this opportunity to serve. I will use my experience as a former city councilmember and concentrate on constituent service during my time in office,” said Yoshimura.
Gov. Ige is required by law to make his selection from a list of three nominees submitted to him by the Democratic Party of Oʻahu.
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