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Say Aloha to the champion from Hawai’i

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

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As our success on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act demonstrates, you’ve got to elect the right people to pass good ocean bills.  The Toxic Algae bill simply wouldn’t have overcome its obstacles without such champions as Congressmen Bart Gordon, Brian Baird, Connie Mack IV, Vern Ehlers, and Frank Kratovil, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

These champions are part of an increasingly strong pro-ocean Congress that must be to protected and enhanced.  And, with a nod toward enhancement, I’m proud to announce that in the special election for Hawaii’s first Congressional district seat!  Case represented Hawaii in the 108th and 109th Congresses, and in that time, he was a true ocean advocate:

  • He sponsored the Coral Reef Conservation and Protection Act which would have made it unlawful to take, import/export, possess, purchase or sell any covered coral reef species within U.S. waters
  • He sponsored the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act, which would have established aquatic invasive species prevention requirements for all vessels operating in U.S. waters
  • He helped establish the Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument, which is the largest marine monument in the world (nearly 140,000 square miles)

We’re confident that Ed Case will be a great champion for ocean health in Congress if he wins.  He’s ahead in the polls now, but the conditions of his election make it challenging, and Ed needs your help.  Here’s why:

  • The special election is open, with three candidates running (two Dems, including Case, and one Republican)
  • The winner doesn’t need a majority, only the most votes.  Since Case is one of two Democrats running, he needs to differentiate himself to avoid splitting votes with the other Dem and handing the race to the one Republican opponent.
  • People will vote exclusively through the mail, and will have from May 1st to the 22nd to do so.  This means our guy needs to peak at the beginning of May, then sustain it for three weeks!

Date Posted: March 30, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

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