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HGEA Announces Primary Election Endorsements
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HGEA ANNOUNCES 2016 PRIMARY ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

News Release from HGEA, June 20, 2016

Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest labor union, announced its endorsed candidates for the 2016 Primary Election today.

“Candidates seeking our endorsement went through an involved process including a question and answer session with our Political Action Committee members,” said State Political Action Committee Chair Jon Gasper. “Endorsed candidates understand the issues that are important to working people, their families and our communities.”

Candidates endorsed by HGEA are selected by a member-driven process that starts with political action committees, which are made up of rank and file HGEA members from various bargaining units. Political action committee recommendations are then reviewed by the HGEA board of directors, which is composed of members elected by their respective bargaining units and/or island memberships.

Following is the slate of HGEA endorsed candidates, minus Maui, whose endorsements were not yet released due to scheduling challenges:

(Note: An “open” endorsement means the union does not endorse a candidate. Members are encouraged to support and vote for any of the candidates in that race. “No action taken” means candidates did not contact HGEA for endorsement consideration in a timely manner or at all.)

 

U.S. SENATE Brian Schatz U.S.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1 Colleen Hanabusa

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 Tulsi Gabbard

STATE SENATE

Hawaii

District 1: Kaiali‛i Kahele

District 2: Russell Ruderman

Kauai

District 8: Ron Kouchi

Oahu

District 9: Stanley Chang

District 10: Les Ihara

District 11: Brian Taniguchi

District 13: Karl Rhoads

District 14: Donna Mercado Kim

District 15: No Action Taken

District 19: Will Espero

District 20: No Action Taken

District 22: Donovan Dela Cruz

District 25: Laura Thielen

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Hawaii

District 1: Mark Nakashima

District 2: Clift Tsuji

District 3: Richard Onishi

District 4: Joy San Buenaventura

District 5: Richard Creagan

District 6: Nicole Lowen

District 7: David Tarnas

Kauai

District 14: Nadine Nakamura

District 15: Thomas Oi

District 16: Daynette “Dee” Morikawa

Oahu

District 17: Open

District 18: Mark Hashem

District 19: Bert Kobayashi

District 20: Open

District 21: Scott Nishimoto

District 22: Tom Brower

District 23: Isaac Choy

District 24: Della Au Belatti

District 25: Sylvia Luke

District 26: Scott Saiki

District 27: Takashi Ohno

District 28: John Mizuno

District 29: Valerie Belen Dionne

District 30: Open

District 31: Aaron Johanson

District 32: Linda Ichiyama

District 33: Open

District 34: Open

District 35: Roy Takumi

District 36: Open

District 37: Ryan Yamane

District 38: Henry Aquino

District 39: Ty Cullen

District 40: Randy Gonce

District 41: Matthew LoPresti

District 42: Open

District 43: Stacelynn Eli

District 44: Jo Jordan

District 45: Open

District 46: No Action Taken

District 47: Open

District 48: Jarrett Keohokalole

District 49: Ken Ito

District 50: Open

District 51: Chris Lee

HONOLULU MAYOR Kirk Caldwell

HONOLULU PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Keith Kaneshiro

HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL

District I: Kymberly Pine

District III: Ikaika Anderson

District V: No Action Taken

District VII: Joey Manahan

District IX: Ron Menor

KAUAI COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Justin Kollar

KAUAI COUNTY COUNCIL

Arthur Brun

Mason Chock

Gary Hooser

Ross Kagawa

Arryl Kaneshiro

Derek Kawakami

KipuKai Kuali‛i

Mel Rapozo

HAWAII COUNTY MAYOR Harry Kim

HAWAII COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Mitch Roth

HAWAII COUNTY COUNCIL

District I: Valerie Poindexter

District II: Aaron Chung

District III: Moana Keli‛i

District IV: Eileen O’Hara

District V: Danny Paleka

District VI: Maile David

District VII: Dru Kanuha

District VIII: Karen Eoff

District IX: Herbert Richards

About HGEA: HGEA was founded in 1934 to ensure fair and equitable representation for government employees. HGEA is the largest labor union in Hawaii, with more than 42,000 members. HGEA represents state and county employees in eight bargaining units. HGEA also serves a large associate membership composed primarily of retirees, other state and county employees and officials, and federal and private sector employees.

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