On The Campaign Trail

Birthday fundraiser set for Blackburn

A birthday fundraiser for County Council candidate Joe Blackburn will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

The entertainment lineup includes Na Hoa, the Kekona ‘Ohana and emcee Tony Silva of Da Braddah’s.

There also will be food.

The cost is $20 for adults; $10 for seniors over 60.

Tickets may be purchased at Blackburn’s office at 104 N. Market St. at the corner of Vineyard and Market streets in Wailuku or online at www.blackburn4council.com.

Blackburn is running against incumbent Mike Victorino for the Wailuku residency seat on the council.


Tsutsui wins IBEW local’s backing

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has received the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 in his bid to keep the seat to which he was appointed in late 2012.

A week earlier, Tsutsui won the backing of IBEW Local 1260.

IBEW has more than 3,400 active members and in excess of 120 signatory contractors statewide.

The union represents workers in construction, telecommunications, public utility, federal government and service industry sectors. Its members are responsible for more than 75 percent of the electrical work done in Hawaii, the union said.

Damien Kim, IBEW’s business manager and financial secretary, said the union backed Tsutsui because of his support for labor and concern for working families.


IBEW local supports Kajiwara-Gusman

Christy Kajiwara-Gusman, who is running for the 5th District state Senate seat that includes Central Maui, has received the endorsement of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260.

Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo said that “this decision was made because we were looking for a candidate that will without a doubt stand firm and support our members 100 percent, protecting our working- and middle-class citizens.”

The IBEW 1260 membership includes employees with Maui Electric Co., Oceanic Time Warner, Aina Excavation, Young Brothers and workers at the Kihei Tech Park.

Kajiwara-Gusman is challenging incumbent Gil Keith-Agaran.