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Maui County Council (Upcountry)

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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    Yuki Lei Kashiwa SUGIMURA

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Age 67
Education Bachelor of Science, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1976, Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, 1971
Military/Community Service Honorary member, Maui Korean War Veterans; Underage drinking prevention programs; Wailuku First Friday Coordinator and Wailuku Revitalization Coordinator
Campaign Phone (808) 870-8047
I am running for the Maui County Council, Upcountry seat to serve the community! It has been a life long journey. Growing up on Maui, I hoped one day to run for an office to help the community. From serving as a class officer through high school, volunteering for Ready to Learn a back to school supply drive for needy children; helping renovate schools with the Hawaii3R's program filled my life with service. I was honored to be Maui campaign co-chair of the late, U.S. Senators Daniel K. Inouye, Daniel K. Akaka; and later served as field representative for U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Mazie Hirono. Helping people was always a priority and a priority. I love my work as a second term Councilmember for Upcountry and wish to continue.
Top goal, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the needs of the 30,000 residents from Maui County who have lost their jobs. Achieved by: County support through funding for assistance with rental; pay utility bills; food, housing and the supported to bring back our economic driver through managed visitor industry. Connected to this, but maybe not part of those that loss their jobs, is to help shelter the homeless.

Second goal: Preserve the beauty of our aina and our people. Achieved by policy to protect open space; stop proliferation of our air ways by invasive commerce like zip lines in neighborhoods and managed tourism. Implemented policy to tow vehicles with drunk or impaired drivers to keep our roads safe.
One of the polices I enacted in 2018 is the Community Facilities District. This is policy to help residents with beach front properties threatened by beach erosion due to climate change and the changing environment. The CFD process can assist residents in a special district, to pay through real property taxes the impacts caused by climate change.