Sierra Club Announces 2014 Endorsements

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Contact: Scott Glenn, 808.780.4888 or Steve Montgomery, 808.342.6244

FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 12, 2014

SIERRA CLUB ANNOUNCES HAWAII ENDORSEMENTS

Conservation Group Spotlights Renewable Energy and Environmental Protections

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Sierra Club of Hawaii today announced its Hawaii endorsements

“We are pleased to endorse the following slate of candidates,” said Scott Glenn, Chair of the Sierra Club of Hawaii “Our candidates have demonstrated a commitment to our goal of maximizing renewable energy, protecting the environment and preserving our outdoor trails and places.”

Statewide

Lt. Governor: Clayton Hee
OHA: Hina Wong-Kalu
OHA: Mahealani Wendt

Oahu Endorsees:
Senate 21 Maile Shimabukuro
Senate 23 Gil Riviere
House 24 Della Au Bellati
House 31 Aaron Ling Johanson
House 35 Roy Takumi
House 36 Marilyn Lee
House 41 Matt LoPresti
House 42 Nicole Ferguson
House 45 Lauren Matsumoto
House 47 Kent Fonoimoana
House 48 Robert Harris
House 50 Cynthia Thielen
House 51 Chris Lee

Big Island Endorsees:

Senate 3 Joshua Green
Senate 4 Lorraine Inouye
House 2 Edwin Miranda
House 4 Joy San Buenaventura
House 5 Richard Creagan
House 6 Nicole Lowen
County Council 1 Valerie Poindexter
County Council 2 Kerri Marks
County Council 4 Roy Lozano
County Council 5 Tiffany Edwards Hunt
County Council 6 Richard Abbett
County Council 8 Karen Eoff
County Council 9 Margaret Wille

Maui Endorsees:

Senate 5 Gil Keith-Agaran
Senate 6 Terez Amato (Lindsey)
House 9 Kimo Apana
House 11 Kaniela Ing
Mayor Tamara Paltin
County Council Kahului Don Guzman
County Council Paia-Haiku-Makawao Mike Molina
County Council West Elle Cochran

Kaua’i Endorsees
House 15 Dylan Hooser

“Candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club understand that a healthy environment is the foundation of a strong economy,” said Vice Chair Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers. “We are particularly interested in candidates who will fight to make sure our utility (HEI) allows greater levels of rooftop solar onto the grid. We’ve helped pass programs which enable residents of all income levels, including renters, to install rooftop solar. Now we need to make sure the utility does its part to let working families participate in the savings, and simultaneously help Hawaii achieve energy independence by transitioning off of dirty fossil fuels.”

The Sierra Club has previously announced it is supporting Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Mark Takai for Congress.

“We need advocates that will fight to eliminate the United State’s addiction to dirty fossil fuels that affect the health of our keiki and kupuna,” said Glenn. “Our endorsed candidates have courageously stood up to corporate special interests to fight for our future.”

The Sierra Club’s endorsement process involved sending detailed surveys out to the candidates and reviewing their records. These endorsements received a 2/3rd majority vote from at least two Sierra Club committees of elected leaders in order to be approved.

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