HONOLULU (April 8, 2014) – State Rep. Mark 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.
Fundraising increased by more than 100% after the late February polls came out.
More than 61% of Takai’s donors live in Hawaii (474 out of 767). More than half of the donors contributed $100 or less.
Takai credits his grassroots support for carrying him past his goal. “I am encouraged and extremely grateful for this groundswell of support. It is both a mandate and validation of our campaign,” Takai said.
“I will continue to work hard to bring our message to all the people of Hawaii. Strong fundraising will enable me to communicate my vision of building an economy that includes everyone, and protecting Hawaii’s military infrastructure, which provides over a hundred thousand local jobs,” Takai added.
Takai continues to build an unprecedented coalition of support – teachers, veterans, and building trades groups – in his bid to become the newest member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation. 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 (APWU)-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.
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, & 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.