Hannemann Files Nomination Papers to Become Congressional Candidate
Post ID: 34958 | POSTED ON: Jun 04, 2012
PEARL CITY ,HAWAI — Joined by his wife, family, and campaign staff, Mufi Hannemann filed papers today with the Hawaii Office of Elections to officially become a candidate for Hawaii’s Second Congressional District seat. Hannemann’s campaign submitted nomination petitions with signatures from all four counties.
Hannemann stated, “I am very gratified by the support my candidacy has received from all parts of Hawaii’s Second Congressional District. Over the past several months, I have been criss-crossing the state and have held dozens of coffee hours and walk-throughs to meet with residents and hear what they’d like Hawaii’s next congressman to accomplish in Washington, D.C.”
Hannemann continued, “I believe my executive experience, record of achievement, and collaborative approach to decision-making will allow me to stand tall on Capitol Hill to strengthen our economy, improve our education system, and protect our environment. As Congressman, I will work on finding credible, workable, and bipartisan solutions to these and other issues, as I have done in the past.”
Since announcing his candidacy, Hannemann has received the support of over 25 labor organizations and dozens of major community leaders, including his latest endorsement by the three most recent mayors of Maui County.
Hannemann will be available to discuss his filing during a signwaving event at 4:30PM this afternoon at the corner of School Street and Likelike Highway in Kalihi.
About Mufi Hannemann
Muliufi Francis "Mufi" Hannemann was born in Honolulu in 1954 and served as the city’s 12th mayor. He currently is the President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. He attended public elementary schools in Kalihi before attending ‘Iolani School, where he was an honor student and all-star athlete. He received a full scholarship to attend Harvard University, where he was freshman class president and lettered in basketball. Following his graduation in 1976, he studied abroad as a Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University in New Zealand. Following his return home, Hannemann was a teacher and coach at ‘Iolani School before being tapped by Governor George Ariyoshi to serve in his administration. Hannemann was later appointed director of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism and Office of International Relations under Governor John Waihe‘e. He was also a business executive with C. Brewer & Co. from 1984 to 1991; his duties with the diversified agriculture firm took him frequently to Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. At one point, he lived and worked on the Big Island. Active in numerous community organizations and volunteer efforts throughout the years, Hannemann was first elected to public office in 1995, serving on the Honolulu City Council and as its chairman. He was elected Mayor of Honolulu in 2004 and reelected in 2008, and was the organizer of the Hawaii Council of Mayors. He was a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was the Chair of the Tourism and Arts Committee. He was twice selected by Honolulu Magazine readers as the “Best Public Official” in 2008 and 2009. He writes a weekly column in MidWeek Oahu and Kauai on tourism and hosts a radio show, "Mufi's Jukebox Jamboree," on Saturdays from 12-2 pm on 107.9 FM Hawaii's Kool Gold. He is married to Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Hawaii. They reside in Aiea, Hawaii.
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