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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Green Appoints Hashimoto to Senate Dist 5 Maui
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 3079 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Politicians


Office of the Governor Press Release, Nov 9, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI, HAWAI‘I — Governor Josh Green, M.D., today appointed Representative Troy Hashimoto to the Senate seat left vacant by the departure of Senator Gil Keith-Agaran October 31.

Hashimoto was born and raised on Maui and has served in the Legislature for five years. Among his more than 10 years in public service, he previously served the Maui County Council Chair as executive assistant, focused on matters of budget and policy.

“It is such a pleasure to appoint Troy to this seat in the Senate, given his history of public service and devotion to the Maui community. I know, being Maui born-and-bred, he will do his utmost to help his neighbors recover and move forward into a bright future,” said Governor Green.

Hashimoto’s nomination received substantial community support. He will serve until results of the 2024 election season, as ordered by the state’s Chief Election Officer.

“I am so honored and grateful to have Governor Green’s appointment to this seat. My Maui community has my humble gratitude for its belief in me so far — and it has my promise that I will passionately serve the needs of the people,” said Senate-appointee Hashimoto.

The new Senator’s name was among three submitted to the Governor by the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i in accordance with state law (HRS 17-4). The party will also submit three names to the Governor within 30 days, to fill the House vacancy created by Hashimoto’s appointment.

Photos are courtesy Office of the Governor.

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News Release from Office of Sen Ron Kouchi, Nov 9, 2023

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau) issued a statement today regarding Governor Josh Green’s appointment of now former-Representative Troy N. Hashimoto to the vacant Senate District 5 seat left by former Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran:

“I am truly pleased to extend a warm welcome to Senator Hashimoto as our chamber’s newest member,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi. “Given his character, experience as a legislator, and knowledge of the district, I am confident that he will be a valuable addition to the Senate.”

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Democratic Party Selects Three Names to Send to Governor Green for Senate District 5 Vacancy

News Release from Hawaii Democratic Party, Nov 6, 2023

The members of the Maui County Committee’s Senate District 5 selection body – comprised of the party’s district officers who reside in Senate District 5 – have selected three names to send to Governor Green

for his consideration to fill the Senate vacancy created by the October 31 resignation of Senator Gil Keith-Agaran:

● Troy N. Hashimoto
● Jason Alexander Economou
● Justin V.E. Hughey 

These three names were formally transmitted to Governor Josh Green, MD, this afternoon via an electronic letter. It was also sent by postal mail. The Governor now has until Saturday, December 30 to select one of these individuals to serve as the next Senator from Senate District 5. 

“We are proud to send the names of three engaged Democrats for the Governor’s consideration,” said Donna Domingo, Acting Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi. 

The meeting took place at Iao Intermediate School cafeteria in Wailuku and via Zoom.

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MN: Three nominated for vacant state Senate seat

CB: Maui Democrats Select 3 Possible Candidates For Senate Vacancy 

SA: House lawmaker Troy Hashimoto transfers to Hawaii Senate 

MN: Hashimoto appointed to open Senate seat at a ‘critical time’ 


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