Natalie Iwasa Campaign Gains Momentum with Two Key Endorsements
Star-Advertiser and Sierra Club of Hawaii Support Indicates Alignment with Key Voter Concerns
News Release from Iwasa Campaign
(Honolulu, Hawaii), July 22, 2014 – Honolulu City Council District 4 (East Oahu) candidate Natalie Iwasa picked up key endorsements from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Sierra Club of Hawaii. The Star-Advertiser made their announcement today, noting Iwasa’s involvement with many civic and environmental groups and her constant presence at the Council’s full sessions over the past four years.
“As a certified public accountant, her testimony is constructive — in 2009 she analyzed plans for new lighting along Lunalilo Home Road and persuaded the Council to revamp the project, saving the city money upfront and through the years via lower electricity costs,” said the Star-Advertiser.
Last Wednesday’s endorsement letter from the Sierra Club of Hawaii stated that her “demonstrated commitment” to protecting Hawaii’s environment for future generations was the reason they have chosen to support her campaign. Iwasa is the current chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board. She is also a member of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a nonprofit that promotes the sustainability of East Honolulu communities, and is the co-founder and president of Cycle On Hawaii, a nonprofit that aims to make Oahu roads bicycle-friendly.
“I am truly honored to have received endorsements from such respected organizations that represent the views of such a large number of District 4 constituents,” Iwasa said. “I believe I can bring a renewed focus on fiscal accountability, government transparency, and maintaining essential programs without raising taxes.”
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About Natalie Iwasa: Natalie Iwasa is everybody’s candidate for City Council District 4. A certified public accountant, mother of two and long-time East Honolulu resident, Iwasa is perhaps best known for her hands-on approach. In 2007-2008, Iwasa organized and led the campaign resulting in all but 3 O’ahu neighborhood boards’ adoption of resolutions that put pressure on the Honolulu City Council and State of Hawaii to follow-through on bicycle safety legislation. Iwasa also organized the Hawaii Kai program to implement Safe Routes to School for children who walk and bike to school. Iwasa currently serves on the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board and has attended nearly 98 percent of all full sessions of the City Council for four years to pre-build effective working relationships with councilmembers and to understand the mechanics and process of effective representation. Natalie promises to hit the ground running rather than spending her freshman year learning the ropes. For more information, visit www.VoteIwasa.com.