FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: June 20, 2012Contact: Jodi Endo Chai Senior Advisor – Communications & Strategic Planning 543-0029 or 741-4542 HGEA’S 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS Slate of endorsed candidates announced for state and county racesHGEA is pleased to announce its list of endorsed candidates for the 2012 Primary Election.“After much deliberation, we have a full slate of candidates we believe can make a positivedifference in our state and counties,” said State Political Action Committee Chair Jon Gasper.“Our political action committees spent many hours conducting interviews with candidates, andstudying their backgrounds and positions. We believe this list of endorsed candidates representsindividuals who share HGEA’s commitment to supporting public employees and improving thelives of Hawaii’s people.”The political action committees are composed of HGEA members across the state from each ofHGEA’s bargaining units, and excluded/managerial and retirees unit.The HGEA-endorsed candidates are:(NOTE: An “open” endorsement means the union does not endorse a candidate. Members areencouraged to support and vote for any of the candidates in that race. “No action taken" meanscandidates did not contact HGEA for endorsement consideration in a timely manner or at all. “Noendorsement” means the union determines that none of the candidates are suitable forendorsement and support.)* IncumbentSTATE SENATEDistrict 1: Donald IkedaDistrict 2: OpenDistrict 3: Josh Green*District 4: OpenDistrict 5: Shan Tsutsui* (more)
HGEA Endorsed Candidates2012 Primary ElectionPage 2STATE SENATE (continued)District 6: Roz Baker*District 7: Kalani English*District 8: Ron Kouchi*District 9: Kurt LajalaDistrict 10: Les Ihara*District 11: Brian Taniguchi*District 12: Brickwood Galuteria*District 13: Suzanne Chun Oakland*District 14: OpenDistrict 15: Glenn Wakai*District 16: David Ige*District 17: Alex SonsonDistrict 18: Michelle Kidani*District 19: Will Espero*District 20: Mike Gabbard*District 21: Maile Shimabukuro*District 22: Donovan Dela Cruz*District 23: Clayton Hee*District 24: Jill Tokuda*District 25: Pohai Ryan*STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESDistrict 1: Mark Nakashima*District 2: Clift Tsuji*District 3: Richard OnishiDistrict 4: Faye Hanohano*District 5: Denny Coffman*District 6: Kalei AkakaDistrict 7: OpenDistrict 8: Joe Souki*District 9: Gil Keith-Agaran*District 10: Angus McKelvey*District 11: Colin HanlonDistrict 12: Kyle Yamashita*District 13: Mele Carroll*District 14: Derek Kawakami*District 15: OpenDistrict 16: Daynette “Dee” Morikawa*District 17: No Action TakenDistrict 18: Mark Hashem*District 19: Bert KobayashiDistrict 20: OpenDistrict 21: Scott Nishimoto*District 22: Tom Brower*District 23: Isaac Choy* (more)
HGEA Endorsed Candidates2012 Primary ElectionPage 3STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (continued)District 24: Della Au Belatti*District 25: Sylvia Luke*District 26: Scott Saiki*District 27: Takashi OhnoDistrict 28: John Mizuno*District 29: Karl Rhoads*District 30: Nicole VelascoDistrict 31: OpenDistrict 32: Linda Ichiyama*District 33: K. Mark Takai*District 34: Eloise TungpalanDistrict 35: Roy Takumi*District 36: Marilyn Lee*District 37: Ryan Yamane*District 38: Henry Aquino*District 39: Ty Cullen*District 40: No Action TakenDistrict 41: Matthew LoPrestiDistrict 42: No EndorsementDistrict 43: Hanalei AipoalaniDistrict 44: Jo Jordan*District 45: Jake BradshawDistrict 46: Marcus Oshiro*District 47: No Action TakenDistrict 48: Jessica Wooley*District 49: Ken Ito*District 50: No Action TakenDistrict 51: Chris Lee*CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULUCity CouncilDistrict 1: OpenDistrict 3: Ikaika Anderson*District 5: Ann Kobayashi*District 7: Joey ManahanDistrict 9: Ron MenorProsecuting AttorneyKeith Kaneshiro*COUNTY OF HAWAIICounty CouncilDistrict 1: Valerie PoindexterDistrict 2: Open (more)
HGEA Endorsed Candidates2012 Primary ElectionPage 4COUNTY OF HAWAII (continued)District 3: Dennis “Fresh” Onishi*District 4: Fred Blas*District 5: Zendo KernDistrict 6: Maile David or Bradley WesterveltDistrict 7: Dru KanuhaDistrict 8: Karen EoffDistrict 9: Oliver “Sonny” ShimaokaProsecuting AttorneyLincoln AshidaCOUNTY OF MAUICounty CouncilEast Maui: Bob Carroll*Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu: Mike Victorino*Kahului: OpenMolokai: Manuwai PetersPukalani-Kula-Ulupalakua: Gladys Baisa*Lanai: Riki Hokama*West Maui: No Action TakenSouth Maui: Don Couch, Jr.*Makawao-Haiku-Paia: Mike White*COUNTY OF KAUAICounty CouncilJay Furfaro*Gary HooserRoss KagawaKipuKai Kualii*Nadine Nakamura*Mel Rapozo*Prosecuting AttorneyJustin KollarEARLIER ENDORSEMENTSHGEA previously announced its endorsements for the following candidates:U.S. PresidentBarack ObamaU.S. Vice PresidentJoe Biden (more)
HGEA Endorsed Candidates2012 Primary ElectionPage 5EARLIER ENDORSEMENTS (continued)U.S. SenateMazie HironoU.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 1Colleen HanabusaU.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 2Mufi HannemannCity & County of Honolulu MayorKirk CaldwellCounty of Hawaii MayorBilly Kenoi # # #About HGEAHGEA was founded in 1934 to ensure fair and equitable representation for government employees. HGEA is thelargest labor union in Hawaii, with more than 42,000 members. HGEA represents state and county employees inseven bargaining units. HGEA also serves a large associate membership composed primarily of retirees, other stateand county employees and officials, and federal and private sector employees.