Baisa fundraiser set for March 12
Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa will hold a campaign kickoff fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Tickets cost $20.
The event will feature dinner, Hawaiian music and door prizes, according to an announcement. Baisa holds the council's Upcountry residency seat. She is seeking her fifth two-year term, which would be the last consecutive term she could serve due to term limits.
For more information, call 280-1990.
Sierra Club backs Gabbard re-election
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has received the endorsement of the environmental group Sierra Club of Hawaii.
"We are pleased to endorse Tulsi Gabbard," said Robert Harris, director of the Sierra Club of Hawaii. "She's been a solid champion for Hawaii families' health, air, food and water as the Congressional District 2 representative."
The 2nd Congressional District includes Maui County.
Since entering the House in 2012, Gabbard has opposed the building of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., advocated for increasing America's renewable energy supply, and championed organic agriculture and genetically modified organism labeling.
Unions endorse Justin Woodson
State Rep. Justin H. Woodson has received early endorsements from the International Longshore Warehouse Union and the Hawaii Laborers Union, Local 368, according to an announcement from his "Friends of Justin Woodson" campaign.
Woodson, a Democrat, holds the state House District 9 seat, which covers parts of Central Maui. He was named to the position early last year by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as part of the domino effect of appointments following U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's December 2012 death. He serves as vice chairman for the House Committee on Housing and also serves on the Health, Human Services and Finance committees.
"We anticipate continuity from Representative Woodson's hard work during the 2013 legislative session," Maui Division Director of ILWU Steve Castro said in the announcement. "He advocated for the interests of Maui residents, especially our families, and has secured significant funding in various sectors in education, health and construction, among others."
ILWU local supports Gabbard, Tsutsui
Hawaii's largest private sector union, ILWU Local 142, announced Thursday its endorsements for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui in their re-election campaigns this year.
The ILWU includes 18,000 members on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Hawaii Island who work in major industries such agriculture, longshore, tourism, health care and retail.
The ILWU gave Tsutsui his first union endorsement in 2002 and continues to support him in the 2014 primary and general elections.
The union first endorsed Gabbard when she ran for Congress in 2012, and it said she is "friendly to labor, supports working people's issues and is showing that she can be an effective leader on the national stage," Local 142 Secretary-Treasurer Guy Fujimura said.
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