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Gabbard, Hannemann gain endorsements

April 27, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU - Two Democrats running for the 2nd Congressional U.S. House seat, which includes Maui County, announced endorsements this week.

The Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Honolulu City Council Member Tulsi Gabbard.

"Gabbard's strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office," Steve Montgomery, political co-chairman of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a news release.

One of her opponents, Mufi Hannemann, picked up two union endorsements from the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and IBEW Local 1357.

"Mufi Hannemann has a clear understanding of the challenges facing our members and their families and will be a strong advocate for us in Washington, D.C.," said Randy Swindell, Honolulu port representative for the Masters, Mates & Pilots. "We know where Mufi stands, and we believe he has the credibility, background, and experience to promote the programs and policies that are important to America's maritime industry and the people we represent."

Scot Long, business manager and financial secretary of Local 1357, said: "We have the opportunity to send to Congress an individual who is a strong friend of the labor community. I've known Mufi for over four decades. He has always been a caring and compassionate person who constantly looks out for the needs and interests of the working men and women of the state of Hawaii."

Both candidates are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat being vacated by Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate.



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