The Hawaii State Teachers Association released a letter Thursday challenging former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s claim that he lost the union’s endorsement by one vote.
Hannemann has made the claim at several public forums, often to counter former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, his opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, when Abercrombie talks about his support among teachers.
Wil Okabe, the president of the teachers union, said Hannemann’s claim is not true. He said the union’s government relations committee overwhelmingly recommended Abercrombie. He said, during the final phase of deliberations, the union’s board of directors “cast a strong vote” for the former congressman.
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