Honolulu, Hawaii – The United Public Workers Union with approximately 14,000 members state-wide gave its political endorsement to Governor David Ige. Governor Ige has spurred economic growth by creating new markets and expanding, maintaining and reviving our existing markets. Our bond rating is AA+, an all-time high, and our unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at 2.1%.
Governor Ige is a man of action, answering the citizens’ call for more government accountability by increasing oversight in government contracts and cracking down on tax fraud, saving the state more than $268 million. He has modernized state information systems to increase efficiency in the areas of taxation, human resources, and workers compensation.
Governor Ige has tackled the issue of affordable housing. He recognizes that the housing issue is multi-faceted and has transitioned people off the streets into living situations that are safe and financially manageable. Apart from his initiatives on the economy, affordable housing, and government accountability, he remains focused on community health, environment, agriculture, education, transportation, and our cultural history.
“Governor Ige is the people’s candidate,” said UPW State Director Dayton M. Nakanelua. “Governor Ige is a well-rounded candidate and his record speaks for itself. He understands and has a practical knowledge of what it takes to move Hawaii forward in the 21st century.”
The Union met with two other gubernatorial candidates and completed its final interview on Friday May 25, 2018 as the State Political Action Committee members reconvened to make its decision. The members of the State PAC are working men and women from throughout the State and residing in all four counties.