By BJ Reyes
State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim on Thursday won the endorsement of the 13,000-member United Public Workers union in her campaign for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, representing urban Oahu.
In a news release, UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua said:
“We are incredibly proud to support Senator Donna Mercado Kim for congress. For more than 30 years, she’s been a strong advocate for working families and we believe she will continue to do so in Washington D.C."
The UPW counts civil service employees including cafeteria workers, custodians, electricians, correctional officers, licensed nurses and nurses’ aids, refuse collectors, carpenters and mechanics among its unionized workers.
Kim is in a crowded Democratic primary field that also includes state Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, City Councilmen Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, and human rights advocate Kathryn Xian. The Republican primary field includes former congressman Charles Djou and Allan Levene, while Calvin Griffin and Robert Meyer are running as non-partisan candidates.