On The Campaign Trail

Lanai mayor forum set for July 14

Six of the seven mayoral candidates are expected at a forum put on by Lanaians for Sensible Growth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 at Hale Kapuna recreation hall in Lanai City.

Issues of interest to Lanai residents will be the focus of the candidate forum. Lanaians for Sensible Growth has been a community advocacy group on the island for the past 30 years.

For more information, contact Butch Gima at bg325@hotmail.com.

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No signs in state right of way

The state Department of Transportation reminds candidates that outdoor signage is prohibited within state highways’ right of way.

The department said highways maintenance crews and residents have reported increases in illegally placed signage along the highways and is giving candidates an opportunity to reposition signs before removal.

Illegal outdoor advertising and other highways concerns may be reported to the department’s maintenance line on Maui at 873-3535.

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Progressive group backs Wildberger

Tina Wildberger, who is running for the House District 11 South Maui seat, has been endorsed by the Hawaii chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, an organization committed to progressive political causes.

“Progressive values underscore the focus of my campaign,” said Wildberger. “Working families need to be well-represented at the state Capitol. I understand that affordable workforce housing, a living wage, quality health care and a clean environment are crucial for a healthy and thriving community.”

She is seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Kaniela Ing, who is running for the 1st Congressional U.S. House seat.

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Firefighters back Baker

State Sen. Roz Baker has received the endorsement of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463.

“Roz Baker is a great friend and supporter of Hawaii’s firefighters,” said Robert Lee, HFFA president. “As one of the leading proponents of the Fire Fighter Cancer Presumptive Task Force established in 2016, she fought hard to ensure that in 2018, a bill was passed and on Governor Ige’s desk that improved firefighters’ access to comprehensive medical benefits upon diagnosis from cancer presumed to arise from the profession.”

The HFFA is the exclusive bargaining representative for all professional firefighters in the state and represents about 2,000 firefighters.

Baker, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to her state Senate seat that covers South and West Maui.

* On the Campaign Trail is a public service for candidates to publicize fundraisers, public appearances and other campaign-related items. Announcements must be submitted at least one week in advance of events and should include a contact name and number. Announcements may be dropped off at The Maui News building in Wailuku, mailed to “Campaign Trail,” Editorial Department, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, faxed to 242-9087, or emailed to citydesk@ mauinews.com. For more information, call 242-6343.

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