By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Wednesday was endorsed by the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, a coalition of trade unions.
Schatz, who was appointed in December to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, is up for election next year to fill out the remaining two years of Inouye's six-year term.
The senator launched his campaign last Saturday and has been compiling endorsements. He was previously endorsed by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the League of Conservation Voters.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has said she is considering primary challenges against Schatz or Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
From Reginald Castanares, the president of the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council:
Senator Schatz has been a friend to the construction community since his time as Lieutenant Governor, and we are proud to endorse him for the United States Senate. His commitment to expanding tourism in Hawaii, as well as his dedication to growth while still protecting Hawaii’s vast natural resources, have made him the clear choice for unions that comprise the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council and their thousands of members.