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Monday, July 3, 2000

joins labor board

Instead of answering questions from the news media, Kathleen Racuya-Markrich, press secretary for Gov. Ben Cayetano for six years, will now be helping to decide labor disputes between the state and public employee unions.

Racuya-Markrich, a University of Hawaii Law School and Georgetown University graduate, had been a deputy attorney general for seven years before becoming the spokeswoman for the Cayetano administration.

In her new job, Racuya-Markrich will hold the management seat on the three-person Hawaii Labor Relations Board.

ELECTORAL BAIT: He didn't say if he was fishing for votes, but Mayor Jeremy Harris last weekend was out in the home district of mayoral opponent Mufi Hannemann with baskets of fresh akule.

Saying he wanted to get back to his political roots when on Kauai he used to catch fish and give it to supporters during his campaign for the Kauai County Council, Harris last weekend bought buckets of fresh akule and walked door to door hoping to hook voters.

"It was fun and makes the campaign fun. Also, I believe that when you go to someone's door asking for something, you shouldn't go with an empty plate," Harris said.

But, with a nod to modern campaigning, Harris' campaign added a video crew to record the finny deliveries just in case they could be used in a future television commercial.

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