Tsutsui receives union endorsements

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has received the endorsements of the Ironworkers Union Local 625 and Sheet Metal Union Local 293 as he seeks re-election in 2014.

“We believe that Mr. Tsutsui is committed to supporting and improving the lives of Hawaii’s working men and women,” said T. George Paris and Joseph O’Donnell of the Ironworkers Union Local 625 and Art Tolentino of the Sheet Metal Union Local 293 in a joint statement.

“Shan is a local boy with strong roots to our local heritage and culture,” they said. “With his business background as an owner of a small local business, he knows the value of hard work, commitment and perseverance. As former Senate president, he is aware of the state of Hawaii’s needs.”

“I appreciate T. George Paris, Joseph O’Donnell and Art Tolentino for their vote of confidence and for believing in my commitment to building a strong future for the people of Hawaii,” said Tsutsui, the Maui High graduate who rose to the post of lieutenant governor in the wake of the death of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.

He became the first Mauian to serve as lieutenant governor when Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed then-Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to replace Inouye. State law says that the president of the state Senate, who was Tsutsui, is first in the line of succession for lieutenant governor. Tsutsui agreed to succeed Schatz.