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WAILUKU, Hawai’i – Mary D. Wagner has been endorsed by the Hawai’i Government Employees Association, the state’s largest union, in her campaign for state representative of District 8, her campaign announced today.
HGEA represents more than 42,000 government workers.
Wagner, a former Master Police Officer from Joliet, Ill., worked in the Scientific Investigations Section of Honolulu Police Department for seven years, was the first civilian manager of the Records & Identification Section and the Information Technology Section of the Maui Police Department, where she served for 15 years, and is now an Information Technology Manager for the County of Maui.
She is a 20-year resident of Wailuku, which had been represented by former Rep. Joseph M. Souki for nearly four decades until he resigned following sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.
“I’m running to raise the quality of life for my friends and neighbors throughout District 8,” said Wagner, a Democrat and experienced collective bargaining negotiator. “I’ll fight for smart growth, higher wages, affordable housing and environmental protection.
“I’m humbled by the HGEA’s belief in me and support for my campaign.”
Wagner, the only woman in the race, called on the state House of Representatives to reform its sexual harassment policies in an online petition shortly after the Souki case was reported. Only Democrats are running for the seat, so the election will be decided in the Aug. 11 primary.
Wagner noted the HGEA support marks the first major endorsement for any District 8 candidate. She has agreed to abide by the fundraising and spending limits of the state’s partial public funding program and has pledged not to accept campaign funds from the fossil-fuel industry.
“This is a people-powered campaign,” said Wagner, who participated in the local women’s marches both this year and last year. “I’m meeting with as many residents as I can to hear their concerns and discuss ideas to make state government more effective and responsive.
“Clean energy and clean elections are among my campaign’s themes.”
District 8 includes Wailuku and the neighboring Maui communities of Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Paukukalo and Waikapu.HGEA
As a long-time resident of the Kehalani community, I have observed with keen interest the growth and development in this area and across Maui County. I also look for people who are avidly involved in service by seeking solutions for the betterment of our island county.
Development results in population increases, more homes, hopefully truly affordable, will help families living without housing. More people will bring increased traffic. Is focused on our woefully inadequate roadways? Numerous challenges! Who will seek solutions? Mary D. Wagner, candidate for the D-8 seat on the County Council!
Over the years that I have known Mary, I have been greatly impressed watching her involvement with the issues challenging our community and our county. In addition to holding a full-time job, Mary has been an active member of a variety of organizations. She is a staunch member of the HGEA both at the local and state levels and the Kehalani Homeowners Association, and others. No task is too small, from helping to clean up the Chinese cemetery or too large, traveling to the annual AFSCME convention. She is dedicated to causes such as the American Cancer Society, women’s rights, violence prevention, anti-racism to name a few.
Mary’s voice and viewpoints have garnered the attention. Instead of divisive chatter, her input is always solution-focused. If you want to vote for change, instead of the old same old rhetoric, vote for Mary D. Wagner. I am!Linda Tesar-Amimoto
Mary has my vote automatic! I have never met anyone with such courage to speak for what is right/pono joined with endless determination, no matter what she faces up against in her way.Inez Okamura
I am a resident of Waikapū and one of your future constituents. I just wanted to thank you for being a strong, outspoken voice in the community, particularly around the issue of sexual harassment in our legislative offices. I canʻt wait to vote for you.
I know Mary Wagner personally, I have total faith & trust in her that she will do good!Lisa Garcia
Thank you for your comments in Civil Beat on revising the sexual harassment rules at the Legislature. It’s not rocket science, and there’s plenty of examples of best practicesLaura Thielen
Mary will be the best for Maui! Hard-working, honest, intelligent and compassionate – vote for Mary!Jerry Rodriguez