Mayoral candidate Keith Amemiya picked up on endorsements from the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the LGBT Caucus Democratic Party of Hawaii today.
The 54-year-old insurance manager Amemiya is running for the mayor of Honolulu against the former television manager Rick Blangiardi (74) in the general election in November.
The Sierra Club said it chose Amemiya because it believes in its commitment to protecting the environment and is actively involved in the impact of climate change on Oahu.
“Oahu needs leadership willing to take bold new measures to keep us out of multiple crises: the COVID pandemic, the housing crisis and a world of climate justice issues,” said Tenaiya Brookfield, volunteer chair of the Sierra Political Committee Clubs, in a press release. “We envision a Hawaii where local farmers and locally owned businesses are our top producers, where energy is clean and fair, and where our waste is not the burden of our most vulnerable communities. Keith’s commitment to supporting these priority issues with a collaborative, community-based approach has been consistent throughout his campaign. The Sierra Club is proud to support Keith Amemiya as Mayor, and we look forward to working with him to create a sustainable future for our island home. “
The LGBT Caucus Democratic Party of Hawaii also endorsed Amemiya today, saying its democratic roots underscore its support for creating a more just and equitable Oahu for all people, including the LGBTQ + community.
“Everyone knows that Democrats have led and continue to lead the fight for equality,” LGBT caucus chairman Michael Golojuch Jr. said in a statement. “While a candidate hides behind the impartial nature of the mayor race, Keith Amemiya is the candidate we can trust to be accountable to the LGBTQ community. His election in November is vital to social justice. “
Amemiya said he was proud to have the support of both organizations along with other progressive leaders.
“Together we will work to address climate change, protect human rights and ensure social justice for the people of Oahu,” he said.
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