HONOLULU (April 10, 2014) Equality Hawaii Action Fund, one of the most widely respected advocates for social justice and fairness in Hawaii, has endorsed Mark Takai for Congress.
“Equality Hawaii Action Fund is proud to support Mark Takai for Congress. The courage and leadership he demonstrated in helping to pass marriage equality last year earned him the gratitude and respect of our Board,” said Fund Chair Jacce Mikulanec.
“As an Army officer, Mark supported the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and as a legislator he has worked to ensure our state laws reflect our aloha spirit,” Mikulanec said.
Takai believes everyone in Hawaii should be able to marry the person he or she loves. “It’s time that laws in Hawaii reflect the Aloha spirit,” Takai said.
“My campaign is about fairness at every level. Fairness in protecting Social Security, that our seniors paid into and deserve; fairness for middle class families who pay too much in taxes, while billionaires and giant corporation get breaks they don’t deserve; fairness for our veterans and teachers, and fairness for our citizens who simply want the right to marry the person they love,” Takai added.
Takai more than doubled the amount of funds raised since the last quarter—more than $225,000—in his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Iraqi war veteran Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth endorsed Takai, and said he will bring two traits that are sorely needed in Congress; courage and ability to get things done.
Takai is a 19-year member of the Hawaii State House. He serves as Chairman, House Committee on Veterans, Military and International Affairs, and a member, Committee on Culture and the Arts.
Takai is also a Lt. Col. in the Hawaii Army National Guard and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.
Takai continues to build an unprecedented coalition of support – teachers, veterans, and building trade groups – in his bid to become the newest member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation. In addition to the Equality Hawaii Action Fund, Takai is endorsed by VoteVets, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the Hawaii State Teacher’s Association (HSTA), National Education Association (NEA), Ironworkers Union-International, Hawaii Ironworkers Union-Local 625, American Postal Workers Union-International, Hawaii APWU, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)-International, UFCW-Local 480, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, American Optometric Association, Hawaii State Chiropractic Association, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and Boilermakers-Local 627.