Updated 1:50 p.m.
Justin Howard Woodson of Kahului was appointed to fill the vacant state House District 9 seat Tuesday afternoon by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Woodson, a small business owner and former Realtor, fills the seat left by Gilbert Keith-Agaran, who was appointed last week to fill the state Senate District 5 seat.
"Justin's experience as a small business owner and his familiarity with the state Legislature will ensure continued and strong representation for the residents of Maui," said Abercrombie in a statement.
Woodson owns and operates Woodson's Eco Auto Wash in Kahului. Previously, he worked within the real estate industry for Realty Executives Oahu and Prudential Locations LLC, performed analyst and clerk duties for the offices of state Reps. Tom Brower and Mele Carroll and state Sen. Carol Fukunaga, and served as special assistant to the state chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Woodson is a former budget subcommittee member for the Maui Economic Opportunity Head Start program, former president of the Young Democrats of Hawaii, and former state coordinator for the College Democrats of Hawaii. He currently serves as vice president of The Gospel of the Alpha and Omega International and volunteers for the King's Cathedral Maui Children's Ministry.
Woodson earned his bachelor's degree in political science from California State University Fullerton.
He and his wife, Stacy, reside in Kahului with their four children.
The other finalists for the Kahului seat were Anthony Lloyd Edington, a chef, and Renee-May Filimoe'atu, a police communications section supervisor.
For more on this story see Wednesday's edition of The Maui News.