UPW Endorsements

2022 General Election
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US Congress

US Senator

Brian Schatz*

US Representative, District 1

Ed Case*

US Representative, District 2

Jill N. Tokuda

Jill N. Tokuda – D
U.S. House of Representatives, CD2

Born and raised in Hawaii, Jill Tokuda is a lifelong resident of Kaneohe on Oahu’s Windward side.  First elected in 2006, Tokuda represented Kaneohe and Kailua in the Hawaii State Senate until 2018.  During her 12 years as a State Senator, she served as the chair of the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs, Higher Education, Education, Ways and Means, and Labor. 

As a proud graduate of Kaneohe’s James B. Castle High School, Jill Tokuda has worked tirelessly to improve access to quality public education. If elected to represent Hawaii’s Second Congressional District, her legislative priorities will also include improving access to healthcare and mental health services, maximizing federal funding to support Hawaii’s families, and defending civil rights and women’s reproductive rights.  

UPW strongly supports Jill Tokuda for U.S. Representative, District 2.  She is courageous and will boldly stand in support of the people of Hawaii in Washington, D.C.  We believe she will be a voice for our working-class families and continue to go the extra mile for UPW, our
members, and our community. 

Hawaii Executive Branch

Governor

Dr. Josh Green

Lieutenant Governor

Sylvia Luke

Josh Green-D
Governor

Josh Green was first elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004, representing the Kona and Kohala areas on Hawaii island. In 2008, Green won a seat on the Hawaii State Senate, where he served until 2018. During Green’s tenure in the Senate, he chaired the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and served as the Majority Floor Leader. While in the State Legislature, then-Senator Green advocated helping members impacted by the Maui Memorial Hospital privatization maintain their jobs while placing provisions in the bill to help keep robust employment on Maui. He also supported numerous UPW-related legislation, including voting to approve UPW collective bargaining agreements throughout his time in the State Legislature.

Elected as the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in 2018, he helped spearhead solutions to address homelessness, such as building Kauhale Communities and the H4 clinic to provide housing and care for those in need. Additionally, as Hawaii’s COVID-19 liaison during the global pandemic, Lieutenant Governor Green took immediate action to lead the most significant healthcare response in state history.

Lieutenant Governor Green built his campaign on improving Hawaii for our members. That includes addressing the high cost of living by improving access to affordable housing, education, healthcare, and economic growth.

The Green/Luke ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will work to ensure that the voices and concerns of our members are heard. Both candidates are tested leaders committed to improving the lives of Hawaii’s working families. A vote for this ticket will ensure that Hawaii’s labor community has champions at the highest level of our state government, fighting for our members every day.

State Senate

State Senate, District 1

Inouye, Lorraine Rodero

State Senate, District 2

San Buenaventura, Joy*

State Senate, District 4

Richards, Herbert “Tim”

State Senate, District 6

OPEN

State Senate, District 7

Decoite, Lynn Pualani*

State Senate, District 8

Kouchi, Ronald*

State Senate, District 9

Chang, Stanley*

State Senate, District 10

Ihara, Les S. Jr.*

State Senate, District 11

Fukunaga, Carol

State Senate, District 12

Moriwaki, Sharon Y.*

State Senate, District 13

Rhoads, Karl*

State Senate, District 14

Kim, Donna Mercado*

State Senate, District 15

Wakai, Glenn*

State Senate, District 16

Elefante, Brandon J.C.

State Senate, District 17

Dela Cruz, Donovan*

State Senate, District 18

Kidani, Michelle N.*

State Senate, District 21

OPEN

State Senate, District 22

Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.*

State Senate, District 23

Riviere, Gil*

State Senate, District 24

Keohokalole, Jarrett*

State Senate, District 25

Lee, Chris*

State House of Representatives

State Representative, District 3

Todd, Christopher L.T.*

State Representative, District 4

Ilagan, Greggor*

State Representative, District 5

OPEN

State Representative, District 6

OPEN

State Representative, District 8

OPEN

State Representative, District 11

OPEN

State Representative, District 12

Yamashita, Kyle T.*

State Representative, District 13

OPEN

State Representative, District 14

OPEN

State Representative, District 15

Nakamura, Nadine K.*

State Representative, District 16

Tokioka, James Kunane*

State Representative, District 17

Morikawa, Daynette “Dee”*

State Representative, District 19

Hashem, Mark Jun*

State Representative, District 20

Kobayashi, Bertrand “Bert”*

State Representative, District 21

Sayama, Jackson D.*

State Representative, District 22

Garrett, Andrew Takuya

State Representative, District 24

Tam, Adrian*

State Representative, District 25

Saiki, Scott K.*

State Representative, District 26

OPEN

State Representative, District 27

Takenouchi, Jenna

State Representative, District 28

Holt, Daniel*

State Representative, District 29

Mizuno, John M.*

State Representative, District 30

OPEN

State Representative, District 32

Aiu, Micah Pookela Kim

State Representative, District 34

Takayama, Gregg*

State Representative, District 35

Chun, Cory M.

State Representative, District 36

Lamosao, Rachele Fernandez

State Representative, District 37

Yamane, Ryan I.*

State Representative, District 38

Lee, Marilyn B.

State Representative, District 39

Rosenlee, Corey

State Representative, District 40

OPEN

State Representative, District 41

Lopresti, Matthew S. (Matt)*

State Representative, District 42

Har, Sharon E.*

State Representative, District 43

Eli, Stacelynn K.M.*

State Representative, District 44

Kila, Darius K.

State Representative, District 45

Gates, Cedric Asuega*

State Representative, District 46

Perruso, Amy A.*

State Representative, District 47

OPEN

State Representative, District 48

Kitagawa, Lisa C.*

State Representative, District 49

Matayoshi, Scot*

State Representative, District 50

Hussey-Burdick, Natalia

State Representative, District 51

OPEN

The Counties

Maui County Council

Mayor

Michael Victorino*

With over 18 years of government service and 40 years of community service, Mayor Mike Victorino has a proud history of putting the community and people of Maui County first. Throughout his time on the Council and his first four years as Mayor, Victorino has always had the backs of UPW’s men and women across the county. He has consistently voted in support of our collective bargaining agreements as a council member and as Mayor. He worked to ensure our members and their families were safe during the
COVID pandemic. 

Most recently, his willingness to support members by sitting down with State Director Kalani Werner and working together to craft a Temporary Hazard Pay agreement for Maui County members was a testament to his support for the men and women of UPW. Mayor Victorino made it clear that he wants to work with the Union to reach an agreement that will be a catalyst with other jurisdictions regarding a way forward for other settlement agreements. Mahalo, Mayor Victorino, for your continued service to the County of Maui and for always being a champion for UPW, its members, and the working-class families of Maui.

County Council:

East Maui: Claire Carroll

West Maui: OPEN

Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu: Alice Lee*

Kahului: OPEN

South Maui: Tom Cook

Makawao-Haiku-Paia: Nohelani Uu-Hodgins

Upcountry: Yuki Lei Sugimura*

Lanai: Riki Hokama

Molokai: John Pele

Hawaii County Council
Honolulu City Council

District 2: Matthew Weyer

District 4: Tommy Waters*

District 6: Tyler Dos Santos-Tam

District 8: Ron Menor*

Kauai County Council

County Council:

Dr. Addison Bulosan

Bernard Caravalho*

Felicia Cowden*

Billy Decosta*

Luke A. Evslin*

Ross K. Kagawa

KipuKai Kualii*

Mel Rapozo

Mayor, Kauai County

Derek Kawakami*

UPW State PAC

Above in the background: State Director Kalani Werner with UPW State PAC met to deliberate their endorsement choices.

Endorsement is a long and involved process. The State PAC volunteer nights (after work) and commit a full day of vacation for all-day interviews with candidates from different races.

Pictured here from the left are Private Sector Vice President Mailelynn Licos, State Secretary-Treasurer Valoaga “Junior” Moananu, State Director Kalani Werner, State President Darrell Wilcox, and Government Affairs Manager Dan Kouchi. On the right is Kauai Division Vice President Teresita Tagudin, Oahu Division Vice President Patrica “Pat” Hoopii, Hawaii Division Vice President Sheralyn Kalua, and Maui Division Vice President Jay Vanzandt. Apart from the Government Affairs Manager, these members make up the body of our State PAC and lead PACs in their Division to make endorsements in county races.

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