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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Ige Selects Troy Hashimoto for Souki Seat
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 8703 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County


News Release from Office of the Governor, Apr 17, 2018

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to the Maui House seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joe Souki.

Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011. He was also Maui County Democratic Party chair from 2013 to 2017. In addition, Hashimoto is the owner of TNH Productions, a multi-media organization. Previously, he worked as a recruitment coordinator for the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Hashimoto graduated cum laude from the University of Denver in Colorado, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. He was also valedictorian of his high school class at King Kekaulike in Pukalani.

“Troy will bring energy and passion to representing District 8 on Maui. He has a keen understanding of the issues that are most important to his community and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the Hawai‘i State Legislature,” said Gov. Ige.

“I am humbled by the support and confidence of my Democratic colleagues and the governor on my selection. 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. I look forward to working with the community to make our home a better place,” said Hashimoto.

Gov. Ige is required by law to make his selection from a list of three nominees submitted to him by the Democratic Party of Maui.  

MN: “I think it gives me a slight advantage being appointed, but the August primary is right around corner,” Hashimoto said.

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Democrats submit nominations for 8th District seat

Maui News April 15, 2018:  Former Maui County Democratic Party Chairman Troy Hashimoto, former Maui County Council Member Dain Kane and attorney Joe Wildman were selected Saturday as finalists to fill the state House seat of former Speaker Joe Souki.

Their names were transmitted to Gov. David Ige, who will make the appointment….

Hashimoto is executive assistant to Maui County Council Chairman Mike White.  Hashimoto previously served as Maui County Democratic Party chairman for four years. He is chairman of the board of directors of Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program, which offers leadership training for young people on Maui.

Kane was elected to the Maui County Council in 1998 and held the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat for four terms until 2006. He again was a candidate for the seat in 2016, losing in the general election to Alika Atay.

Wildman is a personal injury attorney in the Wailuku law firm of Takitani, Agaran & Jorgensen.  In 2011, then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie nominated Wildman to be a 2nd Circuit Court judge. Wildman later withdrew as a nominee, citing an “unresolved situation” with his former Honolulu law firm….

SA: Wildman's Law Firm had federal tax lien due to unpaid payroll taxes of $144K

read … Democrats submit nominations for 8th District seat

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News Release from Maui County Democratic Party, April 12, 2018

WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – The Maui County Democratic Party has received 8 applications from registered Democrats in good standing who live in House District 8, which encompasses Kahakuloa, Waihee, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu to replace the seat left vacated by Representative Joseph Souki.

Applicants include Dain Kane, Troy Hashimoto, Avery Chumbley, Justin Hughey, Joe Wildman, Lynn Regan, Mary Wagner, Robert Hill III. 

The District 8 Council will comprise the official nominating committee and will meet on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.  The committee will allow each candidate to speak for up to 8 minutes and committee members will be able to vote for up to three candidates, but not for the same person.  

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be transmitted to Timothy Lara, Maui County Democratic Party Chair, and Timothy Vandeveer, the Hawai‘i Democratic Party Chair, who will then forward the names to Governor Ige.  The Governor has sixty calendar days following the first day of the vacancy to make an appointment to the House seat.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Timothy Lara via e-mail at 



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