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Biden Campaign Press Release - 42 Hawai'i Leaders Endorse Joe Biden for President

March 27, 2020

Following last week's launch of Hawai'i for Biden, 42 elected and community leaders from across Hawai'i announced their endorsement of Joe Biden for President of the United States.

Today's endorsements include:

  • Colleen Hanabusa, former Member of Congress
  • Ron Kouchi, President of the Hawai'i State Senate
  • Scott Saiki, Speaker of the Hawai'i House of Representatives
  • Della Belatti, Majority Leader, Hawai'i House of Representatives
  • Doug Chin, Former Lieutenant Governor of Hawai'i
  • Shan Tsutsui, Former Lieutenant Governor of Hawai'i
  • Donovan Dela Cruz, Hawai'i State Senator
  • Lorraine Inouye, Hawai'i State Senator
  • Michelle Kidani, Hawai'i State Senator
  • Laura Thielen, Hawai'i State Senator
  • Stacelynn Eli, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Sharon Har, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Troy Hashimoto, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Aaron Johanson, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Sam Kong, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Sylvia Luke, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Scot Matayoshi, Hawai'i State Representative
  • John Mizuno, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Dee Morikawa, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Nadine Nakamura, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Takashi Ohno, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Gregg Takayama, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Jimmy Tokioka, Hawai'i State Representative
  • Bobby Bunda, Former Hawai'i State Senator
  • Brickwood Galuteria, Former Hawai'i State Senator and Chair of the Hawai'i Democratic Party
  • Pohai Ryan, Former Hawai'i State Senator
  • Marilyn Lee, Former Hawai'i State Representative
  • David Morihara, Former Hawai'i State Representative
  • Hermina Morita, Former Hawai'i State Representative
  • Brandon Elefante, Honolulu City Councilmember
  • Joey Manahan, Honolulu City Councilmember
  • Ann Kobayashi, Honolulu City Councilmember
  • Riki Hokama, Maui County Councilmember
  • Tasha Kama, Maui County Councilmember
  • Valerie Poindexter, Hawai'i County Councilmember
  • Luke Evslin, Kaua'i County Councilmember
  • Ross Kagawa, Kaua'i County Councilmember
  • Justin Kollar, Kaua'i County Prosecuting Attorney
  • William Fernandez, Former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge and Mayor of Sunnyvale, CA, current resident of Kaua'i
  • Judy Fernandez, Community Leader
  • Dileep Bal, Former District Health Officer for the Island of Kaua'i
  • Lorraine Akiba, Former Commissioner on the Hawai'i Public Utilities Commission

These endorsements build on the growing support for Joe Biden in Hawai'i, from leaders like former Governors George Ariyoshi, John Waihe'e, Ben Cayetano, and Neil Abercrombie, as well labor unions such as the Hawai'i Firefighters Association (HFFA) and the Ironworkers Union Local 625.

Biden for President has previously announced more than 2,500 endorsements from national, state, and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

The health and safety of our staff, supporters, and the general public is Biden for President's number one priority. During this pandemic, we are calling on all voters to follow social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. Officials with the Hawai'i Democratic Party have issued precautions to ensure you can exercise your right to vote by holding a primary that is only vote-by-mail. Learn more at

Joseph R. Biden, Biden Campaign Press Release - 42 Hawai'i Leaders Endorse Joe Biden for President Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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