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Maui Councilmember (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 (FY2022): Councilmember - $76,475; Council Chair - $82,225

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    Tom COOK
    (NS)

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    Robin KNOX
    (NS)

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    Dennis O'SHEA
    (NS)

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

If elected, how would you stop political corruption or the appearance of corruption?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawai`i due to climate change?

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Occupation Environmental Scientist
Education B.S. Agriculture and Environmental Health; MS Environmental Engineering ABT Louisiana State University
Campaign Address P.O. Box 1978
KIHEI, HI 96753
Campaign Phone 8088670750
Campaign Email robin4maui@gmail.com
I am an environmental scientist, water quality specialist, and small business owner with 35 years experience working with business, government agencies, and non-profits to facilitate environmental compliance and protection. I am the only Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) in Hawaii that is certified by the Board of Global Environmental Health and Safety Credentialing. I have a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Health. As a 16 year resident of South Maui, I am running for office because I see a serious decline in the quality of life for Maui County residents. I will fight for local priorities: affordable housing, diversified economy, food security, and a safe healthy environment.
Corruption can best be stopped through transparency, ethics, and accountability. Some of the most subtle forms of corruption is when government agencies look the other way and don't enforce the laws equitably. Maui County has had many lawsuits when County officials have made questionable decisions that do not comply with the law. I believe good government means making rules that are reasonable to comply with, and enforcing the rules fairly. I believe auditing is an essential tool for avoiding government corruption and will support auditing of County programs. The appearance of corruption can be avoided by asking for Ethics Board review of potential conflicts of interest.
Institute an environmental/climate review step on all County decisions. This type of review is used to avoid unintended climate and environmental consequences. Create watershed management, reforestation, stream, wetland, and shoreline restoration programs. A restored environment will help with sequestering carbon and assuring a future water supply. Provide incentives for local circular economy with food , fiber, and fuel produced in Maui County, thereby improving the local economy while reducing emissions related to essential goods. Provide incentives and support for regenerative agriculture and locally produced food. Support renewable energy sources. Create a climate education program.
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