By Derrick DePledge
John Salsbury, a former leader with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's new campaign manager.
Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Salsbury helped with Hanabusa's 2010 campaign for Congress.
AFSCME is the parent of public-sector labor unions across the country, including the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the United Public Workers. The two Hawaii unions split on the primary. The HGEA endorsed Schatz, while the UPW backed Hanabusa.
"We are excited to welcome John to our ohana and believe his experience and record of managing campaigns will be a valuable asset. He is familiar with our voters and is looking forward to mobilizing our grassroots network in support of Colleen's vision for a better future for Hawaii," Cameron Nekota, the chairman of Hanabusa for Hawaii, said in a statement.