HONOLULU – VoteVets, a powerful national veterans advocacy group with more than 360,000 supporters, officially endorsed Mark Takai’s campaign for Congress in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. VoteVets played a pivotal role in helping to elect Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in 2012.
VoteVets issued a press release today praising Takai’s service:
“From Kuwait to the State House, Mark has always been there for those who served in uniform,” said Greg White, Hawaii State Chair for VoteVets.org. “But, his record is so much more than that. His dedication to Hawaii, and his constituents, has been boundless. From seniors to children, and all of the working men and women in between, Mark has been there. He’ll carry that dedication to Congress, and make us all very proud.”
Mark Takai, who has also recently received the backing of Iraq War hero and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, said he is “honored to earn the support of VoteVets,” which counts retired General and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark as a Board Member.
“VoteVets was certainly an important contributing factor in Tulsi’s decisive victory,” said Maj Gen (Ret) Ed Richardson, one of the co-chairmen of the Veterans for Takai, an impressive group of veterans who support Takai because of his long-standing commitment to the military and veterans in Hawaii.
“This current Congress has the fewest number of veterans serving in it since World War II. Perhaps that’s why they passed the Ryan Budget that included outrageous cuts to critical veterans programs. Additionally, the mindless sequestration cuts to our military bases threaten both Hawaii’s military-dependent economy and our overall military readiness,” Takai said.
“I’m honored to have the support of VoteVets and I promise to be a bipartisan voice to protect those who served and sacrificed for America,” added Takai, who as an “Emerging Leader” was also endorsed by VoteVets in 2012 while running for re-election to the Hawaii State House.
Takai was recently promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard and was deployed to the Middle East in 2009 as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served for more than 19 years in the Hawaii State House, where he has been a champion for veterans, creating the Hawaii Medal of Honor and programs that combat veteran homelessness. He helped create the Veterans Court to connect veterans in need with the social services and medical care they need.
K. Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not express or imply endorsement by the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense.