The Hawaii State Teachers Association and the National Education Association today announced their recommendation of Mark Takai in his bid to represent Hawaii in the 1st Congressional District.

“While a member of the Hawaii State Legislature, Mark Takai has always demonstrated a strong level of support and respect for Hawaii public school teachers and the education profession,” HSTA President Wil Okabe said at a press conference at McKinley High School.

Takai, who graduated from Pearl City High School, said, “I’m tired of all the right wing teacher bashing coming from Washington. I know first-hand the value of public education in Hawaii, as my wife and I send our two children to public schools.”

Photo: Rep. Mark Takai. (Civil Beat)

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