Environmental group endorses Abercrombie

Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former US Representative Neil Abercrombie won the backing Tuesday of the Sierra Club, an influential environmental group that claims 6,000 members statewide. The club said the endorsement comes after detailed surveys were sent to the candidates, their records were reviewed and two committees in the organization voted in the majority for the long-time former congressman.

"He was a leader in conservation efforts like passing congressional legislation to ban shark finning, protecting the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and funding the acquisition of valuable lands in Waimea, Moanalua Valley, and Pupukea and Paumalu. We have great confidence these experiences will serve Neil well as Governor…" said Mark Glick, Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The club promised to do all it could to help Abercrombie in his bid for governor. He faces former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann in a September 18 Democratic primary. The winner of that contest will likely face Republican Lieutenant Governor James "Duke" Aiona in November.

"Environmental priorities have become a mainstream Hawaii value, and we know the endorsement of the State's largest grassroots environmental organization is going to carry weight across the political spectrum" said Robert D. Harris, Director of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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