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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Aiona Finnegan announce Coalition Team
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 6458 Views :: Energy, Environment

Duke and Lynn Announce Grassroots Coalition Team 


HONOLULU –Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan today announced the leaders of their statewide grassroots coalitions. 

“These coalitions play an important role in our campaign and help get out our message to a diverse community,” said Duke Aiona. “They bring issue expertise and a broad array of experiences that will expand our resources and spread our message of reducing the financial burden on our working families and small businesses, creating job opportunities and improving our education system.”

“This election is going to be won at the grassroots level, and our coalition leaders are on the ground in communities throughout the state,” said Lynn Finnegan. “We're going after every vote on every island and these coalitions help us connect with our citizens on the issues they care about most.”

Among the Aiona Finnegan coalitions and their chairs:

  • African Americans – Lakisha Canaday
  • Chinese Americans– Lillie Young
  • Dentists – Dr. Russell Masunaga
  • Doctors – Dr. Joe Zobian
  • Farmers and Ranchers – Mike Hanohano
  • Faith-Based – Malia Gray, Margaret Scow (co-chair)
  • Filipino Americans – Pete Beltron, Alex Gines (co-chair), and Sue Ann Lu (co-chair)
  • Hearing Impaired – Francine Kenyon
  • Hispanic Americans – Marie Villa
  • Home Schoolers – Cissy Boyer
  • Japanese Americans – Michie Kim
  • Korean Americans – Hyung Kwon Cha
  • Native Hawaiians – Ku‘uipo Lorenzo and Blaine Kia (co-chair)
  • Samoan American – Taiapo Tui
  • Seniors – Tabitha Fernandez
  • Small Businesses – Steve Ellis
  • Teachers – Mel Hanohano, Lynn Soots (co-chair) and Carmela Minaya (co-chair)
  • Vietnamese – Paul Nguyen
  • Women – Lisa Colluccio

Duke and Lynn are encouraging supporters to join a coalition by emailing



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