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Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann was endorsed by two unions in his bid to become Hawaii’s next governor.

The Hawaii Independent Party candidate was endorsed Thursday by the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and the Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 293. The police union says Hannemann has made public safety a priority and that the candidate appreciates their sacrifices.

The police union represents about 3,100 workers and the sheet metal workers represent about 1,000 people.

Ironworkers Union Local 625 and Ironworkers Stabilization Fund announced their support for Gov. Neil Abercrombie in his bid for re-election Thursday. They represent about 2,000 workers throughout the islands.

The ironworkers say Abercrombie invested nearly $3.5 billion to upgrade aging infrastructure across the state.

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