Firefighters endorse Rapozo

Mayoral candidate Mel Rapozo received an endorsement from the Hawai‘i Fire Fighters Association last week.

“Many of us in HFFA have worked closely with Mel Rapozo over the years and we believe that he has the experience and necessary willingness to address the issues facing Kaua‘i,” said Colin Wilson, Kaua‘i chairman of the Hawai‘i Fire Fighters Association. “HFFA believes that Mel Rapozo will make the tough decisions that are needed to ensure a better future for our community. We are proud to back his candidacy for mayor.”

The six-year council member said he intends to help create an efficient and responsible government. Rapozo is running on a platform of veterans’ care, waste and wastewater systems, traffic, public health and safety, and the fight against drugs.

“Now is the time for leadership that grows out of taking on the island’s toughest challenges and making the difficult, yet necessary decisions,” Rapozo said.

The Hawai‘i Fire Fighters Association is the exclusive bargaining representative for all professional firefighters in the state. It represents approximately 2,000 firefighters encompassing the jurisdictions of Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i counties, the city and county of Honolulu, and state airport fire rescue.

Rapozo has also been endorsed by United Public Workers. The union’s Kaua‘i, Maui, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i and Private Sector divisions represent more than 13,000 members statewide.

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