Molina campaign kickoff event March 18
Maui County Council candidate Mike Molina will hold a campaign kickoff event beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 18 in the Kalama Intermediate School cafeteria in Makawao.
The free event includes dinner, entertainment and door prizes. Donations will be accepted.
Molina, a former five-term council member, is seeking his former Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency seat.
For more information, call Friends of Mike Molina at 572-8373.
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Candidates endorsed by GLBT caucus
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii has endorsed all state lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill to allow marriage for same-sex couples during last year's special session.
"Without their support, our community would not have taken the huge leap forward to full equality," said Michael Golojuch Jr., chairman of the caucus.
Maui lawmakers receiving the caucus' endorsement for re-election are: state Sens. Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran; and Reps. Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki and Kyle Yamashita.
Maui Reps. Mele Carroll and Justin Woodson were among 19 House members to vote "no" on the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act. They did not receive the caucus' endorsement.
HSTA gives its support to David Ige
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is supporting David Ige for governor, according to an announcement from HSTA.
Ige, a Democrat, currently serves District 16 (which includes Pearl City, Pearlridge, Aiea, Waimalu and Pearl Harbor) in the state Senate and is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
His wife, Dawn, has been a public school teacher and currently is a vice principal at Kanoelani Elementary School in Waipahu, Oahu.
HSTA represents more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide.