IAM Member, Combat Vet Seeks Hawaii State Senate Seat


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Local 1998 IAM members show their support for IAM member and Hawaii State Senate District 9 candidate Kurt Lajala (far right). Members, left to right, are Robert Lillis, LL 1998 President and Chief Steward, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; Maria Santiago Lillis, Grand Lodge Representative; Heidi Libkuman , daughter of LL 1998 member Michael Libkuman; and Michael Libkuman, employed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

The best way to make working family issues a priority in government is to get union members to run for office. In Hawaii, IAM Local 1998 member Kurt Lajala is running as the Democratic candidate for State Senate District 9.

Lajala, a former combat veteran, works as a pilot instructor for the Delaware Resource Group at the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Joint Naval and Air Force Base near Honolulu. He’s running against Republican incumbent Samuel Slom.

“My platform is ‘Improving Our Quality of Life,’” said Lajala. “I want to protect the way of life we enjoy and pass it on to future generations. We all want to earn a decent living, provide for our families and invest in our future. We want jobs that can survive an economic roller coaster. We want to reduce the high cost of housing, energy, and food. We want to minimize congestion on our roadways and we want an education system that prepares students for the future.”

Lajala’s campaign has strong labor and local business community support. For more on Kurt Lajala, visit his website at www.votekurt.com.