HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) Tuesday announced their endorsements for candidates competing in the September 18 primary. Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann is their choice for governor and former state representative Brian Schatz got the thumbs-up in his candidacy for lieutenant governor.
The union also recommended that voters retain acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell in that post. Caldwell is filling the seat until a September 18 special election determines who will serve out the remaining two years as Honolulu's mayor. The seat was left vacant when Hannemann resigned to pursue his gubernatorial bid.
With over 43,000 members, the HGEA is Hawaii's largest labor union.