UHPA Endorses Rep. Richard Onishi, House District 3

UHPA continues to endorse Representative Richard Onishi.  Rep. Onishi continues to brings a vast array of knowledge regarding retaining and recruiting faculty, the importance of research funding and an understanding of the economic challenges that face our islands.  We appreciate the opportunity to work with Rep. Onishi.

UHPA Endorses Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, House District 48

UHPA is pleased to continue to endorse Rep. Kitagawa  She remains up-to-date on Labor issues that are before the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board.  She understands the struggles of protecting Chapter 89 and demonstrates understanding of the issues pertaining to the University of Hawai‘i system confronting the UH faculty we represent.  Rep. Kitagawa’s background continues to serve her well as an advocate for UHPA and her community.  We are excited to endorse her.

UHPA Endorses Rep. Aaron Johanson, House District 31

Rep. Johanson is the Chair of Labor and Public Employment.  UHPA has found a strong advocate in Rep. Johanson.  He not only understands the issues but seeks to work with us in finding solutions.  The work he has advanced on behalf of the faculty demonstrates his understanding of the issues pertaining to the University of Hawai`i system and economic issues confronting UH and the UH faculty that we represent.  We have appreciated working with him over the years and look forward to many more.

UHPA Endorses Rep. Sylvia Luke, House District 25

Representative Luke is the Chair of the House Finance Committee.  UHPA has been fortunate to have a strong working relationship with Rep. Luke.  Her commitment to ensure the resources needed for faculty to further their work throughout all the campuses is of benefit to all.  Rep. Luke brings a vast array of knowledge and understanding of the issues on economic conditions pertaining to the University.  We look forward to a continuing strong working relationship with Rep. Luke.

UHPA Endorses Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, House District 26

Speaker of the House Saiki has been busy keeping UHPA informed on the issues before the House over the past two years.  He has continued to engage UHPA in conversations to provide input on important issues that impact faculty.  The work on behalf of the faculty demonstrates his understanding of the issues pertaining to the University of Hawai`i system and economic issues confronting UH and the UH faculty that we represent.  We have appreciated working with him over the years.

UHPA Endorses Patrick Branco, House District 50

UHPA is pleased to endorse newcomer Patrick Branco for House District 50.  Patrick graduated from Kamehameha Schools, received a full scholarship to Hawai‘i Pacific University and went on to receive his Master’s degree from John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.  Patrick earned fellowships at the US Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  He has served in the U.S. Foreign Service.  The PEC felt strongly that Patrick understood our issues, the economic difficulties facing the University and the legislature.  They also felt that his background would serve him well in working with others in the legislature in advancing the work that needs to be accomplished.

UHPA Endorses Michael Chapman, House District 45

UHPA endorses another newcomer to the legislative process, Michael Chapman, House District 45.  Michael has an extensive background in the legislative process.  He began his political interest during his internship in Washington, DC and brought that knowledge home to work in the State Capitol with the Ways and Means Committee Chair.   Michael received his degree from Georgetown after graduating from Leilehua High School.  The PEC was pleased with his understanding of our issues.  We also felt that his background would serve him well in working with others in the legislature in advancing the work that needs to be accomplished.

UHPA Endorses Trish La Chica, House District 36

Trish La Chica is another newcomer to the Legislature and UHPA is pleased to endorse her.  Although new to the elected side of the legislative process, Trish has been following closely the issues unfolding at the legislature as a community advocate for public health.   Trish’s time advocating has provided her with insight to the legislative process.  Trish’s background will serve her well as an advocate for UHPA and her community.  We are excited to endorse Trish for House District 36.

UHPA Endorses Derek Turbin, House District 20

UHPA is pleased to endorse Derek Turbin for House District 20 previously held by Representative Calvin Say.   The seat is now vacant and there are four candidates vying to represent House District 20.  UHPA PEC had an opportunity to interview three of the four and narrowed from four down to two, Derek was the PEC choice! He is actively involved in the community; striving to know the issues.  The PEC also felt he understood the issue confronting UH faculty and  would be able to work well with others in the legislature in advancing the work that needs to be accomplished.

UHPA Endorses Rep. Stacelynn Eli, House District 43

UHPA is pleased to endorse Rep. Eli.  She served as the Vice Chair of Labor this past session and demonstrated strong support for the issues important to UHPA.  The work she supported on behalf of the faculty demonstrated her understanding of the issues pertaining to the University of Hawai`i system and economic issues confronting UH and the UH faculty that we represent.  We have appreciated working with her over the years and look forward to many more.