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Hilo Councilman Onishi named to NACo


Hilo county Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi was appointed to the National Association of Counties board during the 79th annual conference that was held July 11 to 14 in New Orleans.

Onishi is one of 10 members who are chosen at-large by NaCo President Riki Hokamato add balance and diversity to the 129-member board, his office said in a news release.

NACo serves as the national voice of America’s counties in Washington, D.C., advocates for issues critical to counties and their taxpayers and raises public awareness about county government operations and activities.

Onishi also serves as vice president of the Hawaii State Association of Counties, and is a member of the board of directors for the Western Interstate Region. He also serves on the NACo Transportation Steering Committee. In this position he has advocated for funding for community development block grants and for a county voice in federal transportation initiatives.

“With this appointment, I will continue to support increasing funding for our roads and bridges,” Onishi said in a statement.

For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.