Endorsements 2020

2020 General Election Endorsements

HGEA has endorsed its slate of candidates for the 2020 General Election. HGEA Island Division and State Political Action Committees, made up of members from all eight bargaining units, the Retirees Unit, and the managerial/excluded MCEC Unit, met via video teleconferencing to review the results of the Primary Election, interviewed candidates who prevailed in the Primary Election, and deliberated on additional endorsement recommendations.

Please consider these candidates as you cast your ballot in the Nov. 3 General Election. Remember, this is an all mail election — ballots will be mailed out in early October and you need to mail back your completed ballot right away to ensure your vote will be counted.

*“No action taken” means candidates did not contact HGEA for endorsement consideration in a timely manner or at all.
**An “open” endorsement means the union does not endorse a candidate.

For more information on how HGEA selects candidates to endorse, click here. Or to make a contribution to the PEOPLE program, click here.

HGEA-ENDORSED CANDIDATES

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT 

 

Joe Biden
President

 

Kamala Harris
Vice President



U.S. CONGRESS 

 

Ed Case
Congressional District 1

 

Kaiali'i Kahele
Congressional District 2



STATE SENATE

 

Joy San Buenaventura
Senate District 2
Hawaii

 

Gil Keith-Agaran
Senate District 5
Maui

 

Stanley Chang
Senate District 9
Oahu

 

Bennette Misalucha
Senate District 16
Oahu

Kurt Fevella
Senate District 19
Oahu
  Mike Gabbard
Senate District 20
Oahu
Donovan Dela Cruz
Senate District 22
Oahu
  Chris Lee
Senate District 25
Oahu

STATE HOUSE         

 

Mark Nakashima
House District 1
Hawaii

  Christopher Todd
House District 2
Hawaii

 

Richard Onishi
House District 3
Hawaii

  Greggor Ilagan
House District 4
Hawaii

 

Jeanné Kapela
House District 5
Hawaii

  Justin Woodson
House District 9
Maui 

  No Action Taken*
House District 10
Maui 
  Open**
House District 11
Maui 
  Lynn DeCoite
House District 13
Maui
  Nadine Nakamura
House District 14
Kauai
  No Action Taken*
House District 15
Kauai
  Daynette “Dee” Morikawa
House District 16
Kauai
  Open**
House District 17
Oahu
  Mark Hashem
House District 18
Oahu
  Bert Kobayashi
House District 19
Oahu
  Jackson Sayama
House District 20
Oahu
  Adrian Tam
House District 22
Oahu
  Della Au Belatti
House District 24
Oahu
  Sonny Ganaden
House District 30
Oahu
  No Action Taken*
House District 33
Oahu
  Gregg Takayama
House District 34
Oahu
  Roy Takumi
House District 35
Oahu
  Trish LaChica
House District 36
Oahu
  Ryan Yamane
House District 37
Oahu
  Ty Cullen
House District 39
Oahu
  No Action Taken*
House District 40
Oahu
  Open**
House District 41
Oahu
  Stacelynn Eli
House District 43
Oahu
  Cedric Gates
House District 44
Oahu
  Lauren Matsumoto
House District 45
Oahu
  Sean Quinlan
House District 47
Oahu
  Scot Matayoshi
House District 49
Oahu
Patrick Branco
House District 50
Oahu
  Lisa Marten
House District 51
Oahu

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU  

 

Keith Amemiya
Mayor

  
Open**
Honolulu Proscecutor
Oahu
 

Esther Kiaʻāina
Council District III
Oahu

  
Open**
Council District VII
Oahu
 

Will Espero
Council District IX
Oahu

  

City & County of Honolulu Charter Amendments:

Shall the Revised City Charter be amended to establish for the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu a term limit of two consecutive full four-year terms, the same term limit as is applicable to the Mayor and Councilmembers of the City and County of Honolulu?

Recommendation: Support

Shall the Revised City Charter be amended to allow the Honolulu Ethics Commission to control its own budget after it has been enacted?

Recommendation: Support

FAQs - 2020 Ballot Questions 3 and 4 (Honolulu Ethics Commission)

HAWAII COUNTY  

 

Mitch Roth
Mayor

   Heather Kimball
District 1
Hawaii
 

Ikaika Rodenhurst
District 5
Hawaii

  

 

KAUAI COUNTY 

 

Justin Kollar
County Prosecutor
Kauai County

 
Arryl Kaneshiro
Kauai County Council
Kauai
 

Luke Evslin
Kauai County Council
Kauai

 
KipuKai Kualiʻi
Kauai County Council
Kauai
 

Mason Chock
Kauai County Council
Kauai

 
Felicia Cowden
Kauai County Council
Kauai
 

Bernard Carvalho, Jr.
Kauai County Council
Kauai

 
Addison Bulosan
Kauai County Council
Kauai

Kauai County Charter Amendments:

Shall Section 23.06 establishing a time limit for negligence claims against the county, be amended to comply with state law?

Recommendation: YES

Shall police chief qualifications (Section 11.04) be increased to require fifteen years law enforcement experience and a bachelor's degree?

Recommendation: YES

Shall the list of county officials required to file ethics disclosures (Section 20.04) be expanded to include the managing director, agency and division heads, and regulatory employees?

Recommendation: NO

Shall the mayor, with the approval of the council, fill a vacancy of less than 18 months in the prosecuting attorney's position if a first deputy is unable to fill the position (Section 9A.05)?

Recommendation: YES

Shall an individual who has extensive work and supervisory experience in an engineering or related field also be qualified to serve as the County Engineer or, head of the Department of Public Works?

Recommendation: YES

Shall an individual who has extensive work and supervisory experience in an engineering or related field also be qualified to serve as Manager and Chief Engineer of the Department of Water Supply?

Recommendation: YES

MAUI COUNTY   

 

No Action Taken*
Maui County Council
East Maui

  Tamara Paltin
Maui County Council
West Maui

 

No Action Taken*
Maui Coun ty Council
Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu

  Tasha Kama
Maui County Council
Kahului

Tom Cook
Maui County Council
South Maui

  Mike Molina
Maui County Council
Makawao-Haiku-Paia
  Yuki Lei Sugimura
Maui County Council
Upcountry
  Gabe Johnson
Maui County Council
Lanai
  Stacy Crivello
Maui County Council
Molokai
   

 

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS  

 

Collette Machado
Molokai Resident Trustee

 

Keoni Souza
At-Large Trustee

No Action Taken*
Hawaii Resident Trustee