HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former broadcast executive turned mayoral candidate has scooped up a valuable endorsement.
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers endorsed Rick Blangiardi for Honolulu mayor on Tuesday.
SHOPO President Malcom Lutu says it was a unanimous decision by the Honolulu county and state board for police officers. SHOPO represents about 3,500 officers.
“Mr. Blangiardi was vetted and impressed our board of officials, so that is why we are here today,” he said.
Blangiardi is a former UH football coach, and previous general manager of Hawaii News Now.
This is his first campaign for political office.
“Having SHOPO’s endorsement, knowing Malcom, knowing the officers and what they mean to Hawaii, my commitment to them -- it’s a meaningful moment,” Blangiardi said.
He’s in the running with nearly a dozen candidates vying for the office. His competitors includes former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Councilwoman Kym Pine and businessman Keith Amemiya.