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Congressional Candidates Continue Campaigning

Julie Stauch Julie Stauch
Elaine and Bob Hogue Elaine and Bob Hogue
Mazie Hirono Mazie Hirono

by Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - For candidates running in this year's general election, there's no time to rest.

Two people who are continuing to campaign statewide are Mazie Hirono and Bob Hogue.

They'll square off next month in the 2nd Congressional District race.

Although they'll continue their grass roots campaign, hoping to reach as many voters as possible, other parts of their strategies are changing.

"Before we were speaking to strictly democratic-inclined people and now we're talking to the whole open voter field which includes people with many different parties with many different interests," said Julie Stauch, Hirono's campaign manager.

In the primaries, the former lieutenant governor attracted a lot of support from the Neighbor Islands. Stauch says that means Hirono will pump up her efforts on Oahu.

Hogue says his biggest challenge will be trying to spread his message.

"We have to go out there and continue our hard work and that means reaching voters in the 2nd Congressional District and raising more money," said Hogue.

The race between the two will also be about the issues.

"I just believe we're going through an incredible time in our country right now," said Hogue.

While Hogue supports the Bush administration, Hirono disagrees with the President's position on the Middle East. They also have different views on health care and the environment. The candidates hope the voters will agree with their opinions.

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