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SHOPO endorses Lingle for U.S. Senate


Joined by the board of directors of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO), President Tenari Maafala announced Monday that Hawaii’s police officers’ union is endorsing former Gov. Linda Lingle in her bid for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat.

“Governor Lingle has always had our police officers in her heart, and she advocated for us in every leadership position she has held – from Maui’s Mayor to Hawaii’s Governor. We know she will represent Hawaii’s police officers and our brethren across the country well when we elect her to serve in Washington, D.C.,” Maafala said. “This is not just an endorsement. It is a full-on commitment from us to play a major role in Gov. Lingle’s campaign for the next 10 months.”

“Having the backing and support of ‘Hawaii’s Finest’ has been a true honor for me since SHOPO’s first endorsement of my campaigns in 2002. As Governor, my top priority for the state was the safety of the public. I could always count on our outstanding uniformed officers, who put their lives on the line every single day, to share the same commitment to keeping all the people of Hawaii safe. The SHOPO members and their families have always been, and will continue to be, part of my extended ohana. I am extremely humbled by today’s endorsement, and will always honor the faith SHOPO has shown in me by putting Hawaii’s ‘people first’,” said Governor Linda Lingle.

SHOPO previously endorsed Lingle in her gubernatorial campaign in 2002 and her re-election campaign in 2006.

To personally express her appreciation to the union members for their support, Lingle will travel across the state this week to visit with police officers at all of the SHOPO chapters including Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai.

SHOPO was formed in 1971 and is an independent, non-affiliated union for police officers, and is the only law enforcement union in the state.

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