Woodson nets endorsement
The Hawai'i Construction Alliance announced its endorsement of state Rep. Justin Woodson for House District 9, which includes Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills and Maui Lani.
"We are proud of Representative Woodson's efforts over the last two years to support local, middle-class workers and strengthen Hawaii's construction industry," said Bill Kamai, senior service representative at the Maui office of the Hawai'i Regional Council of Carpenters.
Woodson, a Democrat, is facing primary opponent James "Kimo" Apana.
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The Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund, a group committed to educating voters on food safety issues, endorsed three state legislative candidates from Maui.
The group endorsed incumbent J. Kalani English, Democrat, state Senate District 7 (Kalawao, Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai and Lanai); challenger Terez Amato, Democrat, state Senate District 6 (South and West Maui); incumbent Kaniela Ing, Democrat, state House District 11 (Kihei, Wailea, Makena).
They were among 18 candidates endorsed in the election cycle.
Candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their support for local farmers engaged in sustainable agricultural practices, food safety transparency labeling, protection of native species, home rule and access to locally grown food.
"These candidates have demonstrated their concern for and knowledge about food safety issues in Hawaii," said Ashley Lukens, chair of the group. "Our goal of this political action committee is to educate voters about where the candidates stand on food safety, health and environment issues."