In a statement, Hashimoto noted there is not much time left in the legislative session, which ends May 3. He said his top priority will be to ensure his district’s needs are represented and that important projects are secured in the budget.
Souki had served in the House since 1982, representing Wailuku, Waiehu and Waihee. He served twice as speaker of the House.
The 86-year-old agreed last month to resign, pay a fine and publicly apologize under a settlement agreement with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission. Former state Director of Human Services Rachael Wong accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.
Maui Democrats nominated Hashimoto along with two others: former Maui County Council Member Dain Kane and attorney Joe Wildman.
Kane held the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat on the Maui County Council for four consecutive terms until 2006. He has since run unsuccessfully for Maui mayor, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and his former council seat.
Wildman is a personal injury attorney. He had been appointed in 2011 by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie to be a Maui Circuit Court judge but withdrew his nomination over an “unresolved situation” involving federal tax liens stemming from unpaid payroll taxes.