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Monday, July 28, 2003

Supporters of
Howard Dean
set up isle campaign

Hawaii supporters of Howard Dean, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, have announced that Joshua Wisch, an attorney with Cades Shutte, will serve as Hawaii for Dean campaign chairman.

Wisch, who has worked on the campaigns of the late Patsy Mink, U.S. Rep. Ed Case, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, holds a master's degree in public policy and management, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Hawaii for Dean secretary is John Bickel, who has been active in island politics and served five years on the Democratic Party State Central Committee. He is a teacher at Iolani School.

Kathy Harter, who has worked as a legislative committee clerk and as headquarters manager for Ed Case, is Hawaii for Dean press secretary. Justin Banks, a graduate student, is events coordinator and Webmaster for

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano, in recent months, has expressed his support for Dean, a five-time governor and a licensed physician.

Case fund-raiser is set

U.S. Rep. Ed Case will hold his first fund-raiser as a congressman as he seeks re-election to his seat in 2004.

An Oahu fund-raiser is planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Hawaii Maritime Center at Pier 7.

Case was elected in January in a special election to fill the term of the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink. Case said in his fund-raising notice he is pleased so far with his work.

"It's a good start on what we all know is the transition to the next generation of representation for our Hawaii in Congress, but there's so much more to do," he said.

Senator named to board

Longtime state Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kaneohe-Kailua) was named last week to the executive board of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Republican legislator becomes one of the Western regional members of the 14-member executive committee.

An estimated 31 of 76 Hawaii legislators attended last week's annual conference in San Francisco.

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