Lt Gov Shan Tsutsui and U.S. Senator Dan Akaka
Lt Gov Shan Tsutsui and U.S. Senator Dan Akaka
Lt Gov Shan Tsutsui and U.S. Senator Dan Akaka

HONOLULU – The Democrat Ige-Tsutsui campaign has announced its three honorary co-chairs, including former U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, Central Pacific Bank President & CEO John Dean, and President of the International Executive Housekeepers Association-Hawaii Chapter Rose Galera.

Democratic candidate for Governor David Ige thanked the new campaign co-chairs and said, “I’m very pleased to have these accomplished individuals as co-chairs as they continue my campaign pledge to include all voices as we work to move Hawaii forward.” He added, “With their leadership, we will accomplish this campaign’s pledge to create new job opportunities to support businesses and enable our children to remain in Hawaii, support our working families, who are struggling to make ends meet, build a better future through improving our educational system, and be an open and honest Administration.”

“I am supporting David Ige because his leadership style embodies respect, humility and understanding, which I believe are very important qualities in a leader,” said retired U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. “He understands that leadership is not about fame or prestige. He knows that it’s about caring about the people and doing what’s right for them and our great State.”

Dean said, “We all have a common goal, which is to continually improve the quality of life in Hawaii for our current and future generations. I believe Senator Ige’s proven leadership and integrity are essential to bringing our public and private sectors together in collaboration to meet the critical challenges of our State, such as job growth and economic sustainability.”

Rose Galera, International Professional Housekeepers Association-Hawaii Chapter President said, “I am so proud to serve as Senator Ige’s campaign co-chair because of his issues to improve our public schools which will provide for our keiki the best opportunities when they grow up, and his support for our Hawaii hospitality Industry that employs many in my career field of Professional Housekeeping.”

Senator Daniel Akaka is a political legacy in Hawaii, serving for over 13 years as the state’s U.S. Representative and nearly 23 years as U.S. Senator. He was a strong advocate on issues ranging from Native Hawaiian rights to affordable healthcare to renewable energy and consumer protection. Senator Akaka served as chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee; Indian Affairs Committee; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia; Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness; and Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks.

With more than 30 years as an executive in the financial services industry, John Dean has served as CEO of five financial institutions across the country. He has led CPB as its CEO since 2010 and is actively involved with the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business, which includes founding and sponsoring the Kipapa i ke Ala Lecture Series and chairing the Board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (PACE).

Rose Galera, a veteran in the hotel housekeeping/laundry management industry, has over 48 years of experience in the administration, management and technical triad of professional cleaning. A former Corporate Executive Housekeeper of Aston Hotels and Resorts, she has opened many hotels in Hawaii, the mainland and Mexico. As a locally and internationally recognized leader in her industry, Galera has appeared in numerous media publications and hosts lectures and workshops on hospitality and commercial contract cleaning.

With nearly 30 years in the state Legislature, candidate for governor Senator David Ige has built a solid reputation as a decisive, honest and innovative leader. He has been the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for the past four years, helping to shape and balance the state’s budget. Senator Ige has led a total of 10 House and Senate committees, including Higher Education, Education and Technology, Health, Hawaiian Affairs, Economic Development, Commerce, and Consumer Protection and Information Technology. This year he was named one of the 13 “tech-savviest” state legislators in the nation by Government Technology magazine. Senator Ige has been at the forefront of applying technology solutions and information technology in government and education. More information on Senator Ige and his candidacy are available at www.davidige.org.

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