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Posted on Jul 26, 2014

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Endorses Tsutsui

“Among the field of five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorses incumbent Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui. The 42-year-old Maui native represents the future of his party and of Hawaii, as a new generation rightly takes the lead and as neighbor islands add population at a faster rate than Oahu.

The former state Senate president, who previously served as vice chairman of the Ways and Means committee, is known as an inclusive collaborator who brings a fresh perspective to state government’s Oahu-centric power circles.

As lieutenant governor, Tsutsui champions the promising educational initiative R.E.A.C.H., which provides academic, athletic, arts and cultural activities for middle-schoolers after school. R.E.A.C.H. is being piloted at nine public schools and merits a brighter spotlight and a broader reach. It builds on the success of the A+ program, which provides convenient, affordable after-school care for younger students.

A+, indispensable for many Hawaii families, was spearheaded by former Gov. Ben Cayetano when he was lieutenant governor and remains one of his finest legacies. Middle-schoolers need similar opportunities.”

-Honolulu Star-Advertiser (7/26/14)