More endorsements are raining down on Hawaii’s candidates running for governor.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie received the endorsement of the Ironworkers Union Local 625 and Ironworkers Stabilization Fund Thursday. Together, the groups represent 2,000 workers across the islands.
In a joint statement, T. George Paris, director of the Ironworkers Stabilization Fund, and Joseph O’Donnell, business manager of the Ironworkers Union Local 625, said:
“We believe that Governor Abercrombie is committed to supporting and improving the lives of Hawaii’s working men and women. Neil is a ‘local boy’ at heart with a deep commitment to our community.”
Abercrombie’s challenger Mufi Hannemann received endorsements from two large unions.
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and the Hawaii State Metal Workers Union, Local 293 are throwing their support behind the independent candidate.
"The safety and well-being of the people of Hawaii and our visitors have always been Mufi's primary focus, in which he has stated and carried out as the Mayor, 'making Hawaii the safest place to Live, Work, and Play,’ said SHOPO President Tenari Ma’afala. “True to this vision, Mufi Hannemann recognizes and supports the countless sacrifices the men and women of the four county police departments that are tasked 24/7, 365 days a year to protect and serve the people of Hawaii.”.
“The residents of Hawaii can be confident that the Hannemann/Chang ticket will work tirelessly to make sure that Hawaii is a great place to earn a living, to support our families, and raise our children. Mayor Hannemann has long been a strong advocate for the working class,” said Art Tolentino of HSMW.
This endorsement comes after Hannemann filed his nomination papers Tuesday, along with his running mate Les Chang.
SHOPO represents about 3,100 police officer across Hawaii.
HSMW represents 1,000 workers.