Looks like Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, who I guess is technically still a Republican even though the local elections are non-partisan–has racked up another labor endorsement. Last year, it was Willie Kennison of ILWU Local 142 who posed for a grip-n-grin shot with Arakawa (click here for my story on that endorsement). This year, it’s William “Willy” Greig of Operating Engineers Local 3‘s Hawaii office who’s giving Arakawa the nod.
“Mayor Arakawa has demonstrated his unwavering support for hard-working men and women of Maui County and worked tirelessly in revitalizing our local economy,” said Greig in a Sept. 25 press release sent out by Lynn Araki-Regan, Arakawa’s campaign manager. “Because Mayor Arakawa has always stood up for us, we are proud to be among the first to stand up for Mayor Arakawa. Mayor Arakawa earned this early endorsement. And, Mayor Arakawa deserves this early endorsement.”
Then again, the endorsement itself isn’t really a surprise. State Campaign Spending Commission reports show that way back on June 22, 2012, the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund–a political action committee it says on its website was set up to “fully represent the interest[s] of the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 and Hawaii’s Leading Contractors”–donated $1,500 to Friends of Alan Arakawa.
If that kind of dough isn’t an endorsement, then I don’t know what is.
Photo of Greig, Arakawa and Arakawa Campaign Manager Lynn Araki-Regan courtesy Lynn Araki-Regan