POSTED: 11:18 a.m. HST, Jan 9, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 1:06 p.m. HST, Jan 9, 2012
The state police officers union today endorsed former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka.
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers had previously endorsed Lingle for governor in 2002 and 2006.
SHOPO, which has about 3,000 members statewide, believes the Republican is the best candidate to address law enforcement issues in Washington, D.C. Lingle is running against John Carroll, an attorney and former state lawmaker, in the Republican primary. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former congressman Ed Case are the Democratic contenders to replace Akaka.
SHOPO endorsed Akaka over Case in the Democratic primary for Senate in 2006.
"Gov. Lingle has always had our police officers in her heart, and she advocated for us in every leadership position she has held — from Maui's mayor to Hawaii's governor." SHOPO President Tenari Maafala said in a news release. "... This is not just an endorsement. It is a full-on commitment from us to play a major role in Gov. Lingle's campaign for the next 10 months."
Also today, the United Public Workers Local 646 announced it is endorsing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the 2nd Congressional District race. The seat is now held by Hirono.
UPW represents 13,000 civil service workers in Hawaii.
UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua said in a news release, "We believe that Mufi Hannemann has the experience and the vision to effectively represent Hawaii in Congress."