Chamber endorses Linda Lingle, others
The Maui Chamber of Commerce has endorsed former Gov. Linda Lingle for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka.
Lingle, a Republican, is running against U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat.
"Since her time as a councilwoman and as mayor of Maui, Governor Lingle has been a strong supporter of our island businesses," said Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap. "We are energized by her solid plans to support the people of Hawaii in Washington, the businesses they represent, and her commitment to stay connected with the people of Maui by implementing a Maui-specific advisory board."
"I'm honored to have the support of the Maui Chamber of Commerce and the many businesses they represent," said Lingle. "The chamber represents a diverse group of business and community leaders whom I have worked with since my days on the Maui County Council and during my two terms as Maui's mayor."
Other chamber endorsements include:
* Republican Kawika Crowley, U.S. House 2nd District.
* Democratic state Rep. Angus McKelvey, state House 10th District, West Maui-north Kihei.
* Republican state Rep. George Fontaine, state House 11th District, South Maui.
* Republican Simon Russell, state House District 13, East Maui-Molokai-Lanai.
* Council Member Bob Carroll, East Maui seat.
* Joseph Blackburn II, Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat.
* Council Member Don Couch, South Maui seat.
* Council Member Mike White, Makawao-Haiku-Paia seat.
* Council Member Gladys Baisa, Upcountry seat.
The chamber made no endorsements in other races. The group's Political Action Committee sought "business-friendly" candidates.
Russell to host talk story event on Lanai
Republican House candidate Simon Russell will hold a "talk story" event at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Coffee Works on Lanai.
Russell is seeking the 13th House District seat, which serves residents of East Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Democrat Mele Carroll is the incumbent.
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