Gov. Ige Appoints Filipino American Community Leader To Fill Seat In State House

Filipino American Luella Costales has been appointed by Governor David Ige to fill the open seat in the state House of Representatives, District 39. Former Representative Ty Cullen resigned the position last month after being charged with a bribery scheme.

District 39 covers jurisdiction on Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo and West Loch.

“Luella has over 35 years of experience serving her community through the non-profit sector,” said Ige.

“One of her main goals is to restore public trust in the legislative process and I believe she’s the right person to help ensure honesty, clarity, and integrity in her role serving the people of Hawaiʻi. I wish her all the best and look forward to working with her.”

Costales is a long-time leader in the community. She currently serves as a community and resource manager for the Oahu Economic Development Board. She also held positions at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and Kupu.

Moreover, she serves as a member in multiple committees: the FBI Honolulu Citizens Academy Alumni Association, WWII Filipino Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Committee, Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project as well as the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

“I’m honored by Governor Ige’s appointment to represent State House District 39 and am grateful for his efforts to ensure our district has representation for the remainder of this legislative session,” said Costales.

“District 39 is made up of resilient people from diverse backgrounds and experiences and I’m honored to represent them during this time.”

Once the state House qualifies Costales and takes her oath of office, she will serve the rest of Cullen’s term until November 2022.

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