Councilman Breene Harimoto announced his candidacy on Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. David Ige, who is running for governor.
Ige represents Pearl City, Aiea, Halawa and Pearl Harbor. Harimoto says he will run as a Democrat.
"After much soul-searching, prayers and consultations with family and friends, I have decided to not seek re-election to the City Council," said Harimoto. "Instead, I will run for the senate where my past experiences have prepared me well to help shape state policies that will determine the future of Hawaii."
Harimoto is currently serving his first term on the Honolulu City Council representing Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahu. He is the chairman of the council's Transportation Committee and also serves as the chairman of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees allocation of federal transportation funds on Oahu.
Harimoto served on the Board of Education for eight years and was chairman for two years.
Legislative aide Brandon Elefante announced his candidacy for the District 8 Council seat Harimoto currently holds.
Elefante is currently an aide to Harimoto and former member of the Aiea Neighborhood Board. He previously worked as a legislative aide for Sen. Will Espero and was also a teacher and coach at Damien Memorial High School.