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Hanabusa, Takai win teachers union support

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 a.m. HST, Dec 24, 2013

The Hawaii State Teachers Assocation announced Monday it is backing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in her challenge against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz while supporting state Rep. K. Mark Takai's bid to replace Hanabusa.

The HSTA executive board voted unanimously to recommend Hanabusa's candidacy to its 3,500-members, said HSTA president Wil Okabe. He cited her track record on education and teacher issues through her political career.

Hanabusa is seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term left by the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Gov. Neil Abercrombie chose Schatz, his lieutenant governor, to replace Inouye.

Hanabusa and Schatz are both Democrats.

In supporting Takai, Okabe he has been a strong advocate for education and teachers during his 19 years in the House.

Takai is one of half a dozen high-profile candidates for the First Congressional District seat being left without an incumbent by Hanabusa's senate bid.

Others vying for the seat are Honolulu Council members Ikaika Anderson and Stanley Chang, state Sen. Will Espero, state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and activist Kathryn Xian.

All are Democrats.

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ka_iwa wrote:
Same old life long political mongers!
on December 23,2013 | 01:31PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yup .... ambitious ,corrupt politicians. I wish people would stop voting the same crooks into office year after year. The longer they stay in office, the more corrupt they become. Term Limits is what Hawaii needs more than anything else. Most of our problems are created or made worse by long serving corrupt politicians that think they can do jus about anything and get away with it.
on December 23,2013 | 07:44PM
entrkn wrote:
Any teacher who would vote for Hanabusa instead of Senator Schatz lacks the intelligence to be qualified to teach our children...
on December 23,2013 | 02:03PM
localguy wrote:
Got that right. Hanabusa is just another beltway bandit bureaucrat.
on December 23,2013 | 03:28PM
entrkn wrote:
She is also old and Schatz is a lot younger besides already doing a great job for Hawaii (and I am older than Hanabusa so I'm not interested either). Our US Senators have to start young so they can be there a long long time. All the other Senators are hip to that too. Just look at how seriously they treat Senator Schatz and how they humor Hirono like a temporary joke. All the Washington politicians hold Tulsi Gabbard in high esteem too, so Hawaii should be shoeing her into Hirono's spot at the next opportunity to give Hawaii it's strongest, most dynamic duo in the US Senate. That would pay off handsomely for Hawaii for the next 40 to 50 years.
on December 23,2013 | 05:28PM
localguy wrote:
Any bureaucrat accepting an endorsement from should think twice. Would you want to be associated with such a dysfunctional organization? No way. Also this does not come close to meaning every HSTA member will vote the way HSTA wants. Once inside the private voting booth employees vote for who they want. And it will not be for Hanabusa, another dysfunctional bureaucrat.
on December 23,2013 | 03:27PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Both candidates will support the union's interests over the best interests of the general public. That's not the type of representation we need in congress or anywhere else. Hanabusa should retire already, I'm glad she gave up her safe seat in congress to get whipped in the senate race. It's going to be a great wake up call to her that Daddy Inouye is not here to shoe her in again.
on December 23,2013 | 07:39PM
opihi123 wrote:
crooks reccomending crooks... don't be fooled by this. it is only in union members interests to vote for these guys. if you aren't in the union, don't vote for them.. what happened to teacher standards? you can be the worst teacher ever, and cannot be fired because of the union. Schatz is not much better either..
on December 24,2013 | 04:42AM
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