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Maui County Council (West Maui)

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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    Tamara Akiko Maile PALTIN

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Age 43
Education Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Education; Emergency Medical Responder
Military/Community Service President Save Honolua Coalition
Campaign Phone (808) 870-0052
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Aloha mai kākou, I'm Tamara Paltin for Maui County Council - West. I live in Nāpili with my husband and our two keiki. I'm in my first term as councilmember representing West Maui and the Chair of the Planning and Sustainable Land Use committee. As chair, I have had presentations about the legal status of Hawaii under international law which can be found in our archived meetings and guided the Waikapū Country Town through my committee for their entitlements. The first legislation I passed was to keep Hanakaōʻō Beach Park commercial free for residents and work with commercial permit holders to relocate to other county beach parks. This year I have also set up a district office in West Maui for our community to testify in their district.
My top two goals are being fair and working together. During my first term as an elected official I have learned how important it is to be fair, since we represent the entire county and wield a lot of decision making power. The way that I am fair is to really listen to all sides, give as much information and advance notice to all stakeholders, especially about controversial issues and promote transparency. I have also learned that we can accomplish so much more for our community by working together, to that end I do my best to be open and available. I also do my best to not hold grudges or take things personally and really focus on solutions where everyone feels heard, respected and that we can reach a win-win.
Having weathered this COVID-19 crisis to date has really opened us up to a lot of challenges and opportunities. I'd like to refocus and increase efforts to diversify our economy into a more self sufficient model. Maui County Council has led the way in working online and being able to adapt will lessen our carbon emissions while we continue to get things done. I have served on our Metropolitan Planning Organization and continue to advocate for more mass transportation options. We recently had a presentation with Dr Beamer and learned about simple policy changes that can be made (and have been made in other countries) to promote a circular economy, I would like to see if some of these simple policy changes can be made here too.