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On The Campaign Trail

May 15, 2014
The Maui News

Tsutsui receives endorsements

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has received endorsements from multiple unions, according to a news release from his campaign.

The Democrat has earned the endorsement of Hawaii Construction Alliance; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; Hawaii Masons Union, Local 1 and Local 630; Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 368; Operating Engineers, Local 3; Hawaii Firefighters Association; International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 142; Ironworkers Union, Local 625; Plumbers and Fitters, Local 675; Sheet Metal Union, Local 293; Hawaii Government Employees Association; University of Hawaii Professional Assembly; and Hawaii Optometric Association.

Tsutsui, who previously served as a state senator from Maui, was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December 2012. He replaced Brian Schatz, who left the position to fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened when longtime U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye died Dec. 17, 2012.

"I am humbled by the support I've received from the people of Hawaii and I look forward to a spirited campaign that will allow us to take our message to the voters," he said.


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Buenconsejo to speak to Kiwanis

Maui County Council candidate Ka'ala Buenconsejo is scheduled to speak at noon Tuesday to members of the Kiwanis Club of Kahului.

The group meets at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway restaurant in Kahului. Lunch costs $12.

Buenconsejo, a Baldwin High School graduate, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He works as director of marketing for Na Hoaloha Ekolu, which promotes Old Lahaina Luau, Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle and Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop.

The candidate is seeking the council West Maui residency seat held by Council Member Elle Cochran.

For more information, call club President John Buck at 269-6670.


Blackburn to hold fundraiser May 25

The campaign for Maui County Council candidate Joe Blackburn will host a "Kanikapila Nights" fundraiser May 25 at the Watercress Sports Lounge in Wailuku.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and light pupu and music begin at 6 p.m., with Hawaiian entertainment including Ata Damasco and Leohone (featuring Ikaika Blackburn, Pi'ilani Arias and Kamakoa Ah Sing).

Tickets cost $20 each and are available at 104 N. Market St. in Wailuku, by calling 442-6462 or sending email to

The candidate is seeking the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat held by Council Member Mike Victorino.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Joe Blackburn.



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