Keith Hiraoka stepped down after learning he’s being considered for a Hawaii judgeship.
The Judicial Selection Commission on Wednesday released a list of nominees for a vacancy on Hawaii’s Intermediate Court of Appeals.
It includes the name of a close friend of Gov. David Ige: his campaign chair.
Once Keith Hiraoka learned that his name was one of six nominees submitted to the governor for his consideration, he resigned his political position, the administration said Thursday.
Gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Ige in May 2014
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Ige will seek the advice of retired Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Jim Duffy in making his pick.
Hiraoka is a partner with Roeca Luria Hiraoka.
The governor has until Feb. 3 to submit a nominee to the state Senate for confirmation.
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