- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. 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 Rep. Ken Ito’s legislative aide for 14 years. He has also been a legislative aide for state Sen. 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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