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HSTA endorses Ige for Governor



State Senator David Ige has picked up a coveted union endorsement in his uphill primary challenge against Governor Neil Abercrombie. The 13,500 member Hawai`i State Teachers Association, which backed Abercrombie in 2010, announced its support for Ige and urged other unions to consider the O`ahu Democrat as a viable alternative to Abercrombie. 

HSTA President Wil Okabe said the union decided to back Ige due to his strong support for public education and public school teachers. The endorsement is a potentially significant boost to Ige's campaign, which has struggled to raise money and attract visibility, despite having the support of former Governors George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano. 

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