HONOLULU (KITV) - Kim Coco Iwamoto landed a major endorsement in the race for Lieutenant Governor Wednesday. 

UNITE HERE! Local 5 represents 11,000 Hawaii hospitality, health and food service industry workers. They say they're backing Iwamoto.

Iwamoto is an attorney and a former member of the Civil Rights Commission, she was honored by former President Barack Obama as a champion of change. She's also the only candidate in her race calling for the State's minimum wage to be raised to $22 an hour. 

"She has been a faithful and sted-fast ally for our members when they've been on the street and fighting for their futures," Eric Gill, financial-secretary treasurer, UNITE HERE! Local 5 said.

"It is truly inspiring to see the work here Unite 5 is doing with its members and in our community to fight back... With their one job should be enough campaign, UNITE HERE! Local 5 acknowledges that no one who works full time should be living in poverty," Iwamoto said. 

The endorsement comes on the heels of the latest media poll by our partners at Civil Beat. It shows just behind Kauai mayor Bernard Carvalho and State Senator Josh Green with the primary election less than two months away on August 11.