“Our board was impressed with her at our June 12 candidate forum,” said ADA Hawaii President John Bickel. “We believe she could build up seniority and be the same kind of powerful voice for the less advantaged as was Patsy Mink, our former organization president.”
“I am extremely proud to have earned the endorsement of the Americans for Democratic Action Hawaii,” Fukumoto said. “Their core values are a very effective model for the platform of Hawaii’s Democratic Party, and I believe they promote real Progressive values, grounded in the strongest planks of our party’s platform. I am honored that ADA Hawaii has placed their confidence in me and my campaign.”
The ADA Hawaii endorsement also noted that Fukumoto is aligned with their policy goals to oppose the Trump administration’s regressive policies and has a positive agenda to promote economic, political, social, and environmental justice, and that she has a record of good votes and clean ethics.
ADA Hawaii has about 250 members.
Nationally, the Americans for Democratic Action is America’s most experienced independent liberal lobbying organization, working through coalition partnerships, through direct advocacy, and the media. Its lobbying philosophy is based on democratic action – motivating its grassroots members to lobby their senators and representatives as constituent-advocates. With 65,000 members nationwide, numerous state and local chapters, and its headquarters in the District of Columbia actively engaging in the political process, ADA continually strives to push for democratic and progressive values and ideals in American policy. ADA’s founders included Eleanor Roosevelt, labor leader Walter Reuther, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.