U.S. Rep. Ed Case has a great deal of news to share with the people of Hawaii. Elected to office just months ago, Case already has been appointed at his request to the small business and education/labor committees in Congress, and is finding ways from his Washington base to make improvements in Hawaii’s business climate and public education system.

But he is always looking for more input, new ideas and feedback from his constituents.

That is why, while in Hawaii next week, he plans to meet with small business owners at the Small Business Hawaii Sunrise Breakfast meeting, Tuesday, April 15, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Pacific Club. The meeting is open to Small Business Hawaii members, their guests and the public.

Case, a former winner of the Small Business Hawaii “Legislator of the Year” award, has been in office for just four months. He won his congressional seat after two special elections held in November 2002 and January 2003 to find a replacement for Congresswoman Patsy Mink who died while in office Sept. 28, 2002.

Formerly in the Hawaii State Legislature representing the Manoa district in the House of Representatives for 8 years, Case, a veteran politician, made a failed attempt for the governor’s seat in 2002 before winning the two special elections for the Hawaii Second Congressional seat.

He had a strategy from the beginning of his campaign for Congress — to win both elections so he’d have seniority over other newly elected members of Congress, essentially because he’d be elected one month before all other freshman members.

When it came time for committee assignments to be handed out in Congress, Case jumped ahead of 53 other newly elected congress members to get the committee assignments he wanted — the small business and education and labor committees.

”’For more information on Case’s talk scheduled for April 15 at 7 a.m., call Small Business Hawaii at 396-1724 or email at:”’ mailto:sbh@lava.net ”’Small Business Hawaii members and their guests are $20 and all others are $30. Reservations must be made in advance.”’

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