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Maui County Council (Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu)

Duties: The County Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the Maui County government. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Maui County Code.How Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a nonpartisan basis. A Councilmember must be a resident of the district from which the person is to be elected for at least one year before filing and a qualified voter of the County of Maui.If there are 1 or 2 candidates for a seat, they will appear only on the general election ballot. If there are 3 or more candidates for a seat, they will appear on the primary election ballot and the 2 candidates receiving the most votes will appear on the general election ballot. The candidate who receives the most votes at the general election is deemed elected (Maui County Charter, Article 3, Section 3-2).Term: Two years, limited to a maximum of four consecutive full terms.Base Salary (2019): Councilmember - $76,475; Chairperson - $82,225

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    Alice L. LEE
    (NS)

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing why you are running for this office and why you are qualified to hold this office.

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawai`i due to climate change?

Age 72
Education St. Anthony School (K-12) Chaminade University. BA Political Science
I believe that I have brought unity, order, stability and collaboration back to the Maui County Council. Today's Covid19 pandemic has changed the world as we knew it. This "Great Pause" is here for a reason and we need to respond accordingly and be open to all the challenges, opportunities and systemic changes that we need to, in some cases, recover, in others, discover. I have the experience both as a legislator and as an administrator to work toward change in a manner that brings people and the best resources together calmly and with perseverance.
My top 2 goals are increasing the supply of affordable housing on all levels, including the homeless and creating enabling legislation to build a more diverse and sustainable economy. We have already crafted a budget for the county of Maui which reflects my goals and the "New Normal". We need to work with the Mayor so that the budget will be successfully implemented.
In our upcoming budget, we have a number of projects to advance actions steps to address climate change. We created a new standing committee called Climate Change and Resiliency.