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Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Iron Workers Union Local 625 Endorses Ige for Governor

HONOLULU Senator David Ige received the endorsement of the Iron Workers Union Local 625, which represents nearly 2,000 active, retired and honorary workers throughout Hawaii. His late father, Tokio Ige, was a member of Local 625 as a construction steelworker following his service in World War II in the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team.
“Senator Ige is the true candidate of the people coming from a humble upbringing, and we are especially proud to announce this endorsement with his father being a former member of Local 625,” said managing director T. George Paris. “Coming from a humble upbringing, Senator Ige will serve the working people of Hawaii well as the next Governor of our great state.”
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of Local 625, another organization who represents the voices of many hard working people from communities across Hawaii,” Senator Ige said. “Working together, we will build a strong local economy that provides job opportunities now and in the future, ensuring our children and their children can continue to call Hawaii home.”
Senator Ige has also received endorsements from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Sierra Club of Hawaii and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142.

With nearly 30 years in the state Legislature, candidate for governor Senator David Ige has built a solid reputation as a decisive, honest and innovative leader. He has been the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for the past four years, helping to shape and balance the state’s budget. Senator Ige has led a total of 10 House and Senate committees, including Higher Education, Education and Technology, Health, Hawaiian Affairs, Economic Development, Commerce, and Consumer Protection and Information Technology. This year he was named one of the 13 “tech-savviest” state legislators in the nation by Government Technology magazine. Senator Ige has been at the forefront of applying technology solutions and information technology in government and education. More information on Senator Ige and his candidacy are available at
Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii at the end of 2012. He is a member of the Committee on State Strategies on International Affairs and State Strategies on Energy for the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and serves as treasurer for the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association. Some of his key initiatives include R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Academics, Culture and Health), an after-school initiative for intermediate/middle school students; the Hawaii Sports Development Initiative; and the Hawaii Presidential Center. Before becoming Lt. Governor, Tsutsui had been serving as President of the Senate for two years, making him the first Senator from Maui to serve as Senate President.  As a freshman Senator, Tsutsui became Senate Majority Caucus Leader, a position he held until 2010. Lt. Governor Tsutsui continues to be committed to improving our economy, providing high-quality education for our keiki and supporting renewable energy initiatives.  For more information on Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui’s candidacy, go to

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