Howard Dean Campaigns for Cousin in Salt Lake County Race

Howard Dean Campaigns for Cousin in Salt Lake County Race

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean visited Utah to campaign for a cousin, Democratic Salt Lake County mayoral hopeful Peter Corroon.

Dean and Corroon spoke Sunday morning to supporters at a $35-per-person fundraiser at a downtown Salt Lake City coffee shop and later at a private $200-per-person brunch.

Corroon's campaign said about $15,000 was raised Sunday.

Corroon and Dean attacked incumbent Republican Mayor Nancy Workman's administration for alleged extravagance in county vehicles, staffers' gasoline controversy and high-paying county jobs.

Corroon said his first act as mayor would be to buy a scraper and remove stickers from facilities that have the county mayor's name on them, replacing them with stickers saying "the citizens of Salt Lake County welcome you."

The candidate said Workman has failed to take strong action against county workers who may have abused the gasoline-reimbursement system.

Dean, a physician, called for changes in the national health-care system.

"There's no excuse for America being the last industrialized country in the world to not have some kind of health insurance for all our people," he said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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