HONOLULU [August 30, 2011]
On Tuesday, August 30, six major unions – the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1186 (IBEW 1186); International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260 (IBEW 1260); International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local 132; Plumbers and Fitters, Local 675; Boilermakers Union Local 627; and Elevator Constructors Union, Local 126 – announced their strong endorsement of Tulsi Gabbard for U.S. Congress, representing Hawai’i’s second congressional district.
Tulsi, a Honolulu City Council member, is running for the congressional seat being vacated as Congresswoman Mazie Hirono runs for U.S. Senate. “I’m honored that so many of Hawaii’s working people have put their confidence in me, and chosen to stand with me as their representative in Congress to create good, sustainable and well-paying jobs in Hawaii,” said Tulsi Gabbard. “As I’ve spent time listening and talking story with people across the state, it’s clear that they want a leader who will put the people of Hawai’i first. They want someone who will work hard to secure Hawaii’s future, create jobs, and improve our economy. I’m humbled by this endorsement and proud to receive this vote of confidence.”
“So many families are struggling in this economy. People in Hawai’i are having a tough time holding on to their homes and covering their basic needs,” said Reginald Castanares, Jr., Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Plumbers and Fitters, Local 675.
“Tulsi is exactly the kind of fresh new leader we need to be our voice in Washington. She understands what we’re going through, is dedicated to serving the people of Hawai’i, and has the experience and commitment to fight for Hawai’i’s future.”
“We know a thing or two about building, so believe us when we say that Tulsi Gabbard is the clear choice for building the future of Hawai’i. We need leaders who will put Hawai’i first, and fight to create good jobs here in Hawai’i,” said Damien Kim, Business Manager and Financial Secretary, IBEW Local 1186. “Talking to her, you know that she has integrity, she means what she says, and will get the job done. It’s refreshing. Working families deserve a leader like Tulsi.”
“Tulsi has the energy and vision we need, and the life experience to back it up,” said Brian Ahakuelo, Financial Secretary and Business Manager of IBEW Local 1260. “She has dedicated her life to service, both here at home and in uniform overseas. For working families, she’s the clear champion. We need a fresh leader, not another politician.”
“Tulsi is the proven leader Hawai’i needs right now,” said Doug Fulp, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local 132. “I’ve talked to her many times about the struggles our people are facing. She gets it. Her background and service speaks for itself. She has the real-world experience to stand up for us in Washington and get results.”
From a young age, Tulsi learned the importance of aloha and serving others. In 2002, at age 21, she was elected to the Hawai’i State House – the youngest woman in U.S. history elected to a state office. A member of the Hawai’i National Guard, Tulsi gave up an easy re-election bid to her State House seat and volunteered for an 18-month deployment to Iraq. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her performance, and, in 2008, served a second tour of duty in the Middle East. Returning home, Tulsi was elected to Honolulu City Council, remains a member of the Hawai’i National Guard, and was recently promoted to the rank of Captain.