Betcha saw this one coming.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest labor union, has endorsed David Ige for governor and Shan Tsutsui for lieutenant governor in the general election.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and state Rep. Mark Takai, who is running for Colleen Hanabusa’s 1st Congressional District seat, also got nods.

All are Democrats, the party that usually picks up the most labor support at election time.

“We believe both David Ige and Shan Tsutsui will be an effective leadership team who will move our state forward for the next four years,” HGEA’s State Political Action Committee Chair Diane Nakashima said in a press release. “They have demonstrated their strong support of working families and public employees, and recognize the vital services our members provide for communities statewide.” 

HGEA is also backing a whole bunch of Dems in the Hawaii Legislature, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. (the seats are nonpartisan) and various county council members.

Notably, the union did not endorse Democrats Sen. Clarence Nishihara and Reps. Jimmy Tokioka, Calvin Say and Sharon Har.

The endorsements were made by HGEA’s political action committees, comprised of members from each HGEA bargaining unit statewide, and also excluded/managerial unit and retirees unit.

HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira

Randy Perreira, HGEA executive director.

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