Breene Harimoto, one of 9 Honolulu City Council members, will run for the Hawaii State Senate in 2014 as a Democrat, specifically for the seat now held by Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige.
Ige, who represents Pearl City, Aiea, Halawa, Pearl Harbor, will run for governor against incumbent Neil Abercrombie, leaving the seat open.
Harimoto said his past experiences have prepared him to help shape state policies that will determine the future of Hawaii.
Harimoto, who represents District 8 on the council, which includes Aiea, Pearl City,Waipahu, and serves as the transportation chair, is one of the council’s most vocal advocates for the Honolulu rail project.
He also is the head of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Before being elected to the council, Harimoto was on the state Board of Education for eight years.