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
Harvard University, B.A. cum laude 2001,
Concentration in Cultural Anthropology
King Kekaulike School Community Council, Parent Representative, 2017-2020
Maui Age Group Swimming Association, Board Member 2019-2020
Maui Age Group Swimming Association, Deck Official and Starter, 2016-2020
HHSSA/MIL Swimming Official, 2016-2020
Maui Dolphins Swim Team, President, Board Member, Registrar 2011-2020
Aloha Kai Education Foundation,
Board Member, 2014-2015
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Thrift Shop Volunteer, 2017-2020
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Various leadership roles and volunteer work, 2000-Present
My record in our county's community boards and youth programs is a record of enthusiasm, hard work, and positive change and results. My education at Harvard taught me how to learn and acclimate quickly, to research thoroughly, and to make myself heard. Two decades of work in small businesses, business and education consulting, and nonprofit boards and committees have helped me establish extensive skills in diplomacy, budgeting, cooperative decision making, and bringing ideas to action. But most importantly, I am a highly involved community member and mother of five children, so my passion and devotion is advocating for and achieving positive, financially efficient, motivating change.
Maui County has the highest number of tourists per capita in the entire USA and 3rd in the world! And yet, we as residents realize relatively little of the benefits of being overrun by tourists. Even our tourist-based small businesses are taxed so heavily that they see little of the profit compared to the services and goods they provide. In addition, our fragile environment is being irreversibly damaged as well. My top two goals as councilmember are the diversification and repair of the economy and the protection of the environment. My skills in research, financial efficiency, management strategy, and powerful messaging will make the difference in bringing Maui to be a world leader in economic and environmental recovery.
There is not a lot a small island county can do to tackle the continual rise of CO2 in our atmosphere and its effects on the world's climate, but there is a little we can do that can be huge. The world knows Maui County, so the small efforts we make can be an example and initial momentum for change. For example, if Maui rebuilds its tourism in a smart way, bringing in fewer tourists, who then have better experiences and spend more money, we will limit the effect on our land. If Maui takes major steps in healing its coral reefs so they are resilient enough to survive climate change, we can be an example to the rest of the Pacific. If we grow more of our food in our county and become more self-sufficient, our small changes will be monumental.
Maui High School, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Degrees in Sociology and Education
U.S. Air Force, Hawaii Air National Guard, Officer and Board Member of Maui Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Maui Economic Opportunity, Maui Evangelical Church
My military and community service, public school teaching and government experience (Councilmember (2001-2010, 2019-Present), Mayor's Executive Assistant (2011-2018), along with my leadership qualities, legislative accomplishments and responsiveness to public concerns, qualifies me to continue serving our community. I am committed to bringing our community together to find solutions that will address the health and economic effects of COVID-19. I have always been a strong believer in "open and accountable" government that is responsive to concerns and open to ideas from the community that improve the quality of life for Maui County.
1. Affordable Housing. During my previous tenure on the Maui County Council, I authored legislation that created the Affordable Housing Fund and First Time Home Buyers Fund. I have continued my advocacy to create housing for our working families by supporting various affordable housing projects for rental and home ownership and will do the same if re-elected. I have also proposed legislation to increase the number of affordable housing units for projects using the 201H process
2. Rebuilding our Economy. I will support funding and legislation that will create economic diversity, assist existing businesses and create new sustainable businesses. Other priorities for me include support for public safety and improvements to infrastructure
I will work with my colleagues on the Council, the Mayor along with State and Federal officials to consider legislation that addresses coastal erosion concerns caused by climate change.