Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui of Maui has picked up an early endorsement from the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, according to an announcement earlier this month.
Tsutsui is set to run in 2014 for lieutenant governor. The former state Senate president became lieutenant governor last year in a series of events set off by the death of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. He replaced Brian Schatz, who was appointed to replace Inouye.
Ron Taketa, executive secretary-treasurer of the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, said the Hawaii Carpenters Union, which represents more than 6,000 carpenters, drywall workers, lathers and related craft workers, made the early endorsement because of the "outstanding character and abilities" of Tsutsui.
"We have come to know and appreciate the depth of understanding and care Shan has for Hawaii's working families. At the same time, he supports the honest construction contractors that our members work for. We will lend the strength of our union to his re-election," Taketa said in a news release.
Tsutsui thanked the union and its members.
"Job creation has always been one of my top priorities, and I look forward to working with the members of the Carpenters Union in building a prosperous future for Hawaii's families," Tsutsui said in the news release.