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

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    Cara FLORES
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    Tasha KAMA
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    Carol Lee KAMEKONA
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    Buddy James M.A. NOBRIGA
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    Tina PEDRO
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    Jack W. (Jason) SCHWARTZ
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    Keoni WATANABE
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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?

Occupation Community Advocate, Realtor, Substitute with DOE
Education B.S. of Electronic Engieering
Military/Community Service Founder of HALE Hawai'i, Volunteer for many different community organizations
Campaign Address PO Box 6006
Kahului, HI 96732
Campaign Phone 808-500-7781
Campaign Email caraflores@gmail.com
I am running because I have a depth of knowlege about housing and feel responsible to help be a part of the solution. Hard working people should be able to easily secure and keep housing in Maui County. It is a complex problem that has complex solutions. It will take some restructuring and changes in government policies. I wrote an article for Civil Beat addressing solutions. I feel the County should purchase ideal land for future housing and direct the development based on what the community needs instead of our planning being led by developers telling the County what they are willing to do. We are losing teachers, nurses and first responders. We need to keep our hard working families here.
Open and transparent government is critical to establishing and keeping public trust and involvement. I would like to see an expansion of the Sunshine Law at the state and county level. There should be transparency around the expenditure of funds so the public can understand and provide testimony. Public campaign financing should be encouraged and expanded. We need to get rid of dark money from super PACS that have no accountability to the people. If this cannot be stopped completely then there should be a required obvious disclosure letting the public know that the advertisement is being run by a super PAC that does/does not have their members and contributors listed with the Hawai'i CSC.
We can require that the County moves towards renewable energy much faster so we are less dependent on foreign oil. We can transition our public transit to run on renewable energy. We need to expand EV charging stations and capabilities. We are not in compliance with state requirements and the state requirements are not enough as they are now outdated. We can make appropriate areas much more walking and bike friendly. I would like to see all developments be required to add public greenspaces and shade trees. We need to take immediate action to address climate change and all future considerations of development should be done with climate change in mind.
Occupation Councilmember Kahului Area Residency
Education University of Maui College AS Human Servcices
Campaign Phone (808) 463-2963
I sought public office because I wanted to make a positive difference for my community-addressing the issues of housing, homelessness, and mental health. That call to address those issues came from my many years as a Minister with the Christian Ministry Church in Wailuku and reinforced by my work as a Community Organizer with Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE, Maui). The pandemic dampened our ability to address these issues as the economy tanked. Now inflation is pushing our local people out of their own homeland. I feel a sense of a them versus us, and the urgency to stop this exodus.

I am running to finish the work that voters asked me to do when they elected me in 2018 and 2020.
At the County-level, as a member of County Council, corruption is a serious concern but not one that typically involves members of council. Council has very little opportunity to make individual decisions that would result in unwarranted financial benefit to individuals. It is more likely that members of county administration could be influenced by inappropriate benefits in the process of contract or bid evaluation to make a contract or bid award that would benefit a particular individual or company. The current County Charter has sufficient provisions to pre-emptively address potential corruption.
Maui County can contribute to addressing the issue. Most of the impact from Maui County on greenhouse gases relates to the use of fossil fuels in transportation. The county can influence the use of fossil fuels by encouraging the use of public transit, by permitting work-at-home and alternative work schedules and supporting the transition to electric-powered vehicles. With that in mind, I have supported increased funding of our Maui Bus and will be pressing the County Administration to implement recommended changes to the Maui Bus system, if they have not been implemented at the start of the next term of office. I am proposing a Charter amendment to encourage work at home.
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Occupation Founder & Director, DreamMakers Foundation
Education State University of New York at Stony Brook
Military/Community Service No
Campaign Phone 8088745900
Campaign Email TeamAloha@gmail.com
I am running to get a seat at the decision making and direction creating table of government. 1992, 4, and 6 , I was a candidate for Council and Mayor as a Green. Green now is most everyone. I have been ahead of the crowd in ideas and solutions. We are at a crucial point in our survival in Hawaii. My audience over 28 years of my public candidate, interviews over 14 elections, show my ideas and intentions. People asked me to run for a long time, from all Parties. NOW is a right time for the right reasons. Put Jason Schwartz, Maui in Google or YouTube. You can see the person I am. Blessings.
No one can stop corruption except for NOT being part of it and exposing it where you see it. Corruption is an aberration to the heartfelt public. It is an Expected and Predicted action by a Dejected public. Being open and communicating to the public on WHY you make such decisions and WHAT drives those decisions. I think many times it's the lack of explanation that makes us think it was corruption. And if it is, we can do our best to rout it out!
Hundred days... the question acknowledges we are in a crisis. I agree. I've been screaming FIRE in the theater when 1000 days wasn't enough!! Promotion and developed presentations to get the public involved in self sustainability efforts for the islands. Create incentives for local buying and supporting. Favor a local job and pay-linked trade credits for housing and food adjustment, to offset absurd cost of living now. Initiate housing starts by working with planners to create boilerplate easy-permit process for multi-family conversion with appropriate financing vehicles using county land
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