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Maui County Council (Kahului)

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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    Tasha KAMA

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    Carol Lee KAMEKONA

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 68
Education University of Maui College AS Human Servcices
Campaign Phone (808) 463-2963
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I am running to end homelessness, increase the affordable housing inventory and develop a diverse economy. I qualify due to my years of engagement and experience as a leader in the Hawaiian homesteads, as a member of the 1st Salary Commission for the Compensation of Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as a former member of the Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission and Hawaiian Sovereignty Elections Council, as a former social justice organizer with FACE Maui, as a housing advocate with Help for the Local Person, a past commissioner with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, a retired Pastor, a graduate of University of Hawaii, Maui College; and as the currently seated member of the Maui County Council from the district of Kahului.
Developing a diverse economy and ending homelessness are my top priorities, Maui County's Homeless Coordinated Entry System is a data driven program that has a proven success rate. It addresses the chronically homeless by connecting them to the appropriate resources and services by priority of need. The way to end homelessness is for our community to empower these individuals by teaching them to be self-sufficient. Homeless encampments almost always give rise to a natural leader. Identifying these individuals is the beginning of their self sufficiency and the development of an economic opportunity. A diverse economy begins with the little things and grows from there. It is blooming where you are planted. It's the beginning of the end.
Council members are seated January 2, and spend time organizing themselves. From March 25 though May their focus is on the budget and no committee meetings are held. The Climate Action Resiliency committee is where all related issues are referred. As a member of this committee and keiki o ka aina it is clear to me that protecting the natural resources of these lands is all of our kuleana. I will work towards limiting the amount of visitors with a visitor to resident ratio policy; limit the number of vehicles an individual may own and increase public transportation routes and times that meets the needs of our workforce.
Age 63
Education Graduated High School 1975 Radioman Class ʻAʻ School International Travel Academy 2 years of College Courses
Military/Community Service US Navy and Naval Reserves Retired 22 years ʻAha Moku o Wailuku, Maui Malama Kakanilua Maui Rancherʻs and Farmers Association Kūʻē Petition Continues ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu Chapter IV, Wailuku
Campaign Phone (808) 264-9385
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ThIs pandemic has shown us we cannot return to pre-COVID days. Alot of changes, upgrades and remodeling need to be done within our Local government to protect, provide and ensure our residents do not experience another situation like this with loss of jobs and a way to supply the necessities for their families. I am willing to collaborate with whomever to achieve this “new norm”.
As Maui transitions to a “new norm”, I feel we need to also transition from a tourism based Economic engine to a more sustainable economy. By building upon the enormous amount of open land Maui has to start planting crops that we can harvest, manufacture and distribute locally to generate jobs and moneys into Mauinui. I would also like to see the many vacant buildings (Maui Mall, Maui Marketplace, old Kahului Safeway - to name a few) be rezoned to possible afffordable or low income housing for our families and maybe a place for our homeless....another shelter perhaps?!?
The most immediate way I would address climate change is my decision to get involved in the process where change can happen and decisions are made. Another way I would like to address climate change is to work on renewable energy and agriculture.