Second-district hopeful hits the streets

Joe Zuiker of Honolulu announced his bid for Congress in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in late April. “I am a Democrat who believes strongly in the spirit of ‘ohana: a sense of community that increases our mutual trust and societal benefit through assisting those who live and work around us,” he told The Garden Island during a visit in late April.

Zuiker will employ a unique campaign strategy.

“Both literally and figuratively I will run my ideas around our islands to make sure that the constituents of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District will have the chance to hear my message without worrying about the taint of special interest and big money contributions that have so tarnished many representatives in our current Congress,” Zuiker said.

Zuiker’s strategy is to take to the streets and jog the 2nd Congressional District. Zuiker is a marathon runner, used to covering long distances on foot after participation in 12 Honolulu marathons. He plans on hitting the streets of Kauai later this month.

He began his bid to run through the district and spread his message from Waianae on O‘ahu on May 5. “As a candidate, I will not only talk about campaign finance reform, but will lead the way by example. Because I believe the high cost of elections and the need to take contributions from special interests will destroy our country if not corrected, I have chosen to limit all contributions to my campaign to two hundred dollars or less,” he said.

Zuiker says the current administartion has collared future generations of Americans with a huge national debt. “As a nation we have watched with increasing alarm as the current administration and a rubberstamp Congress has turned a former budget surplus into a monstrous debt,” he said.

Zuiker is also adamaantly against the war in Iraq. “We have watched with increasing alarm as our President has brought us into a war in Iraq that does not make us safer from terrorism but actually helps create more terrorists and increases our vulnerability to future attack as has been admitted by a number of our own top military commanders. The Iraq War is now our national disaster,” he said.

Zuiker has been a lawyer in Hawaii for 14 years representing injured workers. He graduated from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1976. He is the father of five children and is married to Dorothy Lee Hutchins. Visit for more information.


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