KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Carpenters Union has endorsed Colleen Hanabusa for governor.
Union Executive Secretary and Treasurer Ronald Taketa announced the official endorsement Friday at the residence of Avalanche Bento, a carpenter in Kapolei.
"Colleen is a proven leader committed to fighting for the future of working families in Hawaii," said Taketa in a news release.
"Not only are we endorsing her candidacy to be Hawai'i's next governor, the Hawai'i Carpenters Union strongly supports her platform for addressing our state's affordable housing crisis with a sense of urgency."
At the announcement, Hanabusa shared key parts of her affordable housing platform for Hawaii.
"Despite years of promises, Hawai'i's housing situation remains mired in crisis," Hanabusa said. "Lacking focus, urgency, and a true understanding of the issue, our state government chases solutions to problems that simply miss the mark. But affordable housing is about putting people first."
Hanabusa is running for governor against incumbent David Ige. Also running: Ernest Caravalho, John Carroll and state Rep. Andria Tupola.