Kim Coco Iwamoto is no stranger to making electoral history in her home state of Hawaii.
She was twice elected to the Hawaii State Board of Education in 2006 and 2010, becoming the first out trans person to be elected to a statewide office. Now the former member of the Hawaiian Human Rights Commission is attempting to become the lieutenant governor of the Aloha State
She has a contested Democratic Party primary election that she has to get through first that takes place on August 11. There are four other Democratic candidates besides Iwamoto in the lieutenant governor’s race, and should she win this still tight race that is up for grabs, that will put her one step closer to becoming Hawaii’s lieutenant governor.
Iwamoto has been endorsed by the UNITE HERE Local 5 union that reps over 11,000 Hawaiian hospitality, health and food service workers and the Maui Times. The Local 5 endorsement is considered a major one in Hawaiian politics, and she has been surging in the polls in the runup to the election with a lot of people still trying to make up their minds about who will be their next lieutenant governor.
Here’s hoping that happens for Kim Coco and for our community. We’ll find out if it does this Saturday.