Today, Democrat and former State Senator Jill N. Tokuda announced that her candidacy for Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics. EMILY’s List seeks to put pro-choice women into office who can make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights, and economic equality. 

“Jill Tokuda’s record from her time serving in the Hawai’i State Senate speaks for itself. She fought for improved childhood education and increased access to health care in Hawai’i public schools, and she has worked to elect Democratic pro-choice women to office up and down the ballot in Hawai’i,” said Laphonza Butler, President of EMILY’s List. “EMILY’s List is confident that Tokuda will take that same spirit and determination to Congress, and we are proud to support her campaign to be the next representative of Hawai’i’s 2nd Congressional District.”

“Now, more than ever, we need strong female leaders in office who are unwavering in their commitment to their constituents and communities and to driving progressive change at the congressional level,” said Jill Tokuda. “Decisions made in Washington D.C. have direct impacts on our island state, and I am proud to join the ranks of EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates who are fighting to protect values such as reproductive rights, quality education for keiki and improved health care options.”

This endorsement comes behind other key endorsements garnered by Tokuda including Elect Democratic Women, IBEW Local 1186, Iron Workers Union Local 625 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3.

She is also endorsed by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Congressman Joe Neguse, 

Tokuda is running for Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District, representing part of the island of Oʻahu and the counties of Kauaʻi (islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau), Maui (islands of Maui, Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi) and Hawaiʻi Island.

Previously, Tokuda served in the Hawaiʻi State Senate from 2006-2018, during which she chaired the Ways and Means Committee and represented Senate District 24. Currently, she is the co-director of CyberHawaii, an affiliate of CyberUSA, which supports workforce development in IT/Cyber Security/Data Science as well as works in the community with small businesses and nonprofits to be more cyber aware and resilient.

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