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Posted: Monday, June 16th, 2014 10:42 AM HST

Replacement named for Wooley's House seat

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Governor Neil Abercrombie is appointing George Okuda to fill the state House seat vacated by Hawaii's new director of environmental quality control.

Abercrombie's office said in a statement Friday Okuda's appointment is effective immediately. He will serve the remainder of Jessica Wooley's term representing District 48 in windward Oahu. Okuda isn't running in the upcoming election.

Okuda has served as state Representative Ken Ito's legislative aide for 14 years. He has also been a legislative aide for state Senator Bob Nakata and served on the Kahaluu Neighborhood Board. Okuda is licensed civil and structural engineer and previously worked for the Hawaiian Electric Company. He has lived in Kahaluu since 1973.

Wooley resigned the seat to assume her new post coordinating efforts to maintain the quality of Hawaii's environment.

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