SHOPO endorses Caldwell for Honolulu Mayor

SHOPO endorses Kirk Caldwell in the race for Honolulu mayor.
SHOPO endorses Kirk Caldwell in the race for Honolulu mayor.

By: Mark Carpenter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers or SHOPO announced Tuesday it will endorse Kirk Caldwell in the race for Honolulu mayor.

SHOPO says they picked Caldwell because he recognizes the importance of law enforcement and the Honolulu Police Department.

"Serving and protecting has always been a priority on Mr. Kirk Caldwell's agenda and his mission and his goal," said SHOPO President Tenari Ma'afala. "We encourage the people of Honolulu to please vote for Mr. Kirk Caldwell to move the city and county forward," said Ma'afala.

SHOPO originally endorsed Caldwell in his first run for mayor two years ago and Caldwell says he is humbled to once again receive backing from the police officers union.

"This organization represents not only the members, but their families and you can never forget, ever, ever forget that the number one job of any mayor is public safety," said Caldwell, who is running against current Mayor Peter Carlisle and former governor Ben Cayetano.

According to Ma'afala, of the other two candidates, Cayetano was the only one who sought SHOPO's endorsement and the union hasn't had any contact with Mayor Carlisle.

Ma'afala said SHOPO selected Caldwell over the former governor because Cayetano's agenda is heavily centered on rail.

"It's evident that Mr. Cayetano doesn't want the rail. So that appears to be the primary focus," Ma'afala said.  "We want somebody that's gonna focus on the needs of the people of Honolulu and that's what Mr. Caldwell is all about."

During the announcement, Caldwell commended the city's police force for contributing to the success of APEC and elaborated on how important it is to take care of Honolulu's officers.

"We need to work with our men and women in blue, make sure that they are properly trained, make sure that they have the right equipment, make sure they make a wage that is sufficient to keep them here on our island and not moving to other places," Caldwell said.

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