On The Campaign Trail

Tourism association endorses Victorino

Former Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino has been endorsed for mayor by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association.

Gregg Nelson, the association’s chairman of the board and general manager of the Napili Kai Beach Resort, said Victorino would “bring steady, experienced leadership to the helm of county government. The industry knows we can count on Mike to guide Maui, Molokai and Lanai in the right direction.”

In County Council races, the association endorsed Kanamu Balinbin to the West Maui residency seat, former Council Member Alice Lee to the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat, Mayor Alan Arakawa to the Kahului seat, Council Member Kelly King to the South Maui seat, former Council Member Mike Molina to the Makawao-Haiku-Paia seat, Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura to the Upcountry seat, Council Member Riki Hokama to the Lanai seat and Council Member Stacy Crivello to the Molokai seat.

In state Senate and House races, the association is backing Sen. J. Kalani English to the 7th District seat, Rep. Troy Hashimoto to the 8th District House seat, Rep. Justin Woodson to the 9th District House seat, former Council Member Don Couch to the 11th District House seat, Rep. Kyle Yamashita to the 12th District House seat and Rep. Lynn DeCoite to the 13th District House seat.

In statewide races, the association endorsed Gov. David Ige for re-election and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for lieutenant governor.

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Union endorses Baker for re-election

The Hawaii State AFL-CIO has endorsed West-South Maui Sen. Roz Baker for re-election to the 6th District Senate seat.

“We endorse Roz Baker for her support of working families,” said Jason Bradshaw of the AFL-CIO.

Baker chairs the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee. She has served in the Senate since 2002 and from 1993 to 1998.

For more information, visit www.rozbaker.com.

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