POSTED: 5:27 p.m. HST, Jul 6, 2012
Four maritime unions are backing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.
Endorsements were announced Friday by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, Marine Firemen’s Union, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific and the Seafarers International Union of North America, Hannemann’s campaign said in a news release.
“Mufi Hannemann has shown a deep understanding of the economic challenges facing the maritime industry,” Luke Kaili of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association said in a statement. “In Washington, D.C., he will be a leader for creating and preserving high-quality American jobs and will be an effective advocate for our members and their families.”
The four endorsements bring the number of unions backing Hannemann to 26, with more than 250,000 members statewide, the campaign said.