The nod

June 20th, 2012

Two prominent interest groups — the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the Sierra Club Hawaii chapter — announced endorsements on Wednesday for state House and Senate campaigns.

The state’s largest public-sector labor union sided with several challengers over incumbents and had a few other interesting picks, including dissidents over lawmakers loyal to House Speaker Calvin Say:

*Hawaii County Councilman Donald Ikeda over Sen. Gilbert Kahele in SD1.

*Sen. Brian Taniguchi over Sen. Carol Fukunaga in SD11.

*Former Rep. Alex Sonson over Sen. Clarence Nishihara in SD17.

*Nicole Velasco, who used to work for the state auditor, over Honolulu City Councilman Romy Cachola in HD30.

*Rep. K. Mark Takai over Rep. Heather Giugni in HD33.

*Former Sen. Eloise Tungpalan over former television reporter and U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye aide Gregg Takayama in HD34.

*Businessman Hanalei Aipoalani over Rep. Karen Awana in HD43.

*Rep. Jessica Wooley over House Majority Leader Pono Chong in HD48.

The influential environmental group also had some interesting choices:

*Former Sen. Lorraine Inouye over Sen. Malama Solomon in SD4.

*Fukunaga over Taniguchi in SD11.

*Laura Thielen, a director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources under former Gov. Linda Lingle, over Sen. Pohai Ryan in SD25.

*Keiko Bonk, a former Hawaii County Councilwoman and an environmental activist, and Dwight Synan, a real estate broker, over Say in HD20.

*Takai over Giugni in HD33.

*Takayama over Tungpalan in HD34.

*Former Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape, a Republican, over Jake Bradshaw, who served in the Navy and is active with young Democrats, in HD45.

*Wooley over Chong in HD48.

5 Responses to “The nod”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Interesting, indeed. Biting the hand that didn’t feed them, I’d say.

    Did Eloise Yamashita Tungpalan serve in the House? I thought she was a senator.

  2. Goober:

    Shaking head.

  3. galekaminari:

    While Mark Takai is a dissident, I think that Heather Giugni is beholden to no one and is a fresh independent voice. I would really like her to get elected! She is pretty pono.

  4. Goober:

    Funny how it looks when combining Hawaiian words with English.
    Somehow the word loses it’s meaning through translation.

  5. Selena B:

    Doesn’t ‘dissident’ lend itself to independence, or at least independence of thought. i would like to see Ms. Guigni beholden to a few issues, carefully articulated, less airy and more precise so i could possibly agree that she may be an independent voice but am hearing nothing new that has not been recycled a few times over by other people.

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