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Maui County Council (South 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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    Tom COOK
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    Kelly Takaya KING
    (NS)

Biographical Information

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Age 65
Education GED Licensed Hawaii contractor 35 years
Military/Community Service President Haleakala school 1984 1 yr Member Salvation Army Advisory Board 1991-1995 President Maui Contractors Association 2004-2008 Member of the GPAC, Maui General Plan Advisory Committee Chair CIM Construction Industry of Maui Advisory Board 2018-2019
Campaign Address PO Box 189
Kihei, HI 96753
Campaign Phone (808) 870-2205
Campaign Email cooksynergy@gmail.com
Website http://TBD
Facebook http://TBD
My goal as council member is to collaborate with other council members and the County and State Administrations to focus on reducing the cost of living for local working families. By addressing the government barriers to building and improving properties and business. Many laws and rules are passed with the best of intentions but seldom followed up on to asses if the intent is being met. As a lifetime tradesman I know how to build affordable housing. As the president and chair of building industry groups I am aware of land use and permit review criteria that can be improved to the benefit of our community without negative impacts to our environment. The health and welfare of our senior citizens and youth are our responsibility
Cultivate a positive working relationship with other council members. Listen and be respectful of others opinions and experiences. Find common ground on community issues.

Outreach to the community for issues and ideas of how our local government can address issues affecting them. Attend community meetings and be available to community input.
Work with UHMC and local High schools to encourage 1- Minimizing consumption of imported items 2- Planting trees to grow awareness of the positive impact we can have on the future by actions taken now.

Review the current Urban Growth boundaries set in the Maui Island plan. Any areas that will become more prone to flooding should be eliminated from the available, entitled land category. We need to identify areas that will be safe for housing and focus on that land for our needed obtainable housing for local working people. Review the Maui County Planning Department inability to determine if a minor repair or renovation project is SMA exempt. Currently you have to fill out a SMA Minor permit to be told you are exempt.
Age 60
Education Some college
Campaign Address 72 Kalola Pl.
Kihei, HI 96753
Campaign Phone (808) 283-1954
I am currently serving my first term as a councilmember on the Maui County Council and have been able to bring decades of community involvement, leadership and collaboration in support of my work in my district of South Maui and for the greater Maui County. If re-elected, I will continue my efforts towards transparency and inclusion in county governance and to push for more responsive and efficient management. As a professional businessperson, I hope to also continue to enhance council deliberations with more knowledge-based debate, objectivity and respect for the public.
After successfully getting a charter amendment for a professional county manager passed by the council to be included on the ballot this year, I am working with a citizens group to get the correct information publicized to hopefully pass this initiative. I believe this will bring the greatest positive change to our local government as it will promote depoliticized management and continuity of excellence. Another goal is to bring the environmental, tourism and business sectors together in this time of crisis to diversify our economy and invest in climate solutions to help prepare for the next potential pandemic which will likely be climate-change related.
As Chair of the Climate Action and Resilience Committee of the County Council, I am focused on working with the Administration's new Office of Climate Action, Resilience and Sustainability to build a comprehensive plan to 1) do our part to help mitigate climate change, 2) Identify actions that will help prevent climate-related disasters and 3) prepare for response to and recovery from climate disasters. To this end, I have created a citizens lobby group of experts and advocates for climate change solutions, joined with others in Maui in the Maui Nui Food Alliance to create local food security systems and continue to advocate for more recycling, especially in our county wastewater systems.