Hirono kicks off 2008 campaign

HONOLULU — Yesterday morning at the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-2nd District, formally kicked off her 2008 election with endorsements from the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association and the Sierra Club.

The campaign was pleased to announce these significant endorsements from two influential associations considered leaders in their respective fields of education and the environment, a Friends of Mazie Hirono news release states.

The congresswoman wanted to lead off her 2008 campaign with these two key endorsements as they relate to issues important to her constituents and are on the forefront of her work for Hawai‘i in Washington, D.C.

Hirono’s campaign team also launched its first 30-second television spot Friday, airing on all major network stations. The television spot reinforces the congresswoman’s longtime stance that we need to bring an end to the Iraq war and get the troops home.

“Mazie Hirono has been a consistent 28-year supporter of education and educational issues,” said Roger Takabayashi, HSTA president. “She has championed early childhood education and we whole-heartedly endorse Mazie for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

HSTA is a core group of local leaders dedicated to making Hawai‘i schools a better place for students and advocating for teachers’ rights.

Most recently, the congresswoman has championed the PRE-K Act (HR 3289) which will provide funds to state-supported pre-schools across the country to help increase the quality of early education for children. This legislation will give schools access to resources they need to better prepare children with essential development critical to children under the age of five, the release states.

“We are deeply grateful to Congresswoman Hirono for her commitment to putting our nation’s clean energy solutions to work,” said Jeff Mikulina, director of the Sierra Club’s Hawai‘i Chapter. “She is a true environmental champion who not only votes smartly on environmental issues, but also leads the fight to protect Hawai‘i’s clean air, clean water and special places.”

The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 1.3 million members fighting to work together to protect our environment and planet.

With escalating gas prices, Hirono voted to expand consumer incentives for renewable electricity, energy and fuel. She obtained $2 million to clean up a military dump site near Bellows Beach and successfully fought for additional funding to protect Hawai‘i’s unique places such as Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, where an additional $3.9 million will be spent.

“Throughout the 2nd congressional district I have spoken to my constituents and they have shared their concerns,” Hirono said. “People are troubled about the costs of gas, food and making ends meet — we must bring our troops home and fix this broken Bush economy.”

The 2nd District consists of rural O‘ahu and all Neighbor Islands.

Hirono is seeking her second term in office.

For more information, visit www.mazieforcongress.com.

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