By BJ Reyes
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District 50 on Sunday announced it was backing Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui in the race for lieutenant governor.
In a news release, Ryden “Bully” Valmoja, business manager/secretary-treasurer, said:
“Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui is a proven leader, stepping into a leadership position as a freshman senator that eventually led him to becoming the first Senate President from Maui. He is a champion for the working men and women in our State and understands what it takes to make Hawaii the best place to live for our families and for future generations."
With more than 2, 000 members, District 50 represents Hawaii’s construction finishing trades and is comprised of the following unions: Painters Local Union 1791; Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glassworkers Local Union 1889; Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Local Union 1926; Drywall Tapers, Finishers Local Union 1944; and Pearl Harbor Metal Trades Specialty Workers Local Union 1941.
Tsutsui ascended to the office from the Senate presidency following the appointment of Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate to replace the late U.S. San. Daniel K. Inouye.