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Maui Councilmember (West 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 (FY2021): Councilmember - $76,475; Council Chair - $82,225

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    Justin HERRMANN
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    Tamara Akiko Maile PALTIN
    (NS)

Biographical Information

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Occupation Councilmember West Maui residency
Education Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Education; Emergency Medical Responder
Military/Community Service President Save Honolua Coalition
Campaign Phone (808) 870-0052
Campaign Email tamara@tamarapaltin.com
Aloha mai kākou, My name is Tamara Paltin and I live in Nāpili with my husband and our two keiki. I'm in my second term as councilmember. I am a voting member of all council committees and the Chair of the Planning and Sustainable Land Use committee. As chair, this term I worked with the Planning Department and my colleagues to update the West Maui Community Plan for the first time in over 25 years and cleared a backlog of old and controversial items that had been on the master agenda for many years. I am running for office to continue the work I have started in updating community plans and advocating for smart growth to create affordable/workforce housing in safe, appropriate locations.
This past term, we advocated for an "audit" of the zoning and enforcement division of the Planning Department. Based on the assessment we recently received, much needs to be done to provide, training and structure to make the division and the Department operate in a way that our community can trust. I will follow up on this assessment and continually check in with the administration on progress toward the recommendations provided. Generally speaking, I would err on the side of transparency and informing the public, in some cases more than what is required if I suspect the issue will be controversial.
The threats that Hawaii faces due to climate change are always on my mind. The estimated 1ʻ of sea level rise by 2050, a short 28 years away is very conservative in my opinion and we are already seeing extreme weather in terms of longer drought periods and more rain bomb type events. All of my decisions take the sea level rise exposure area into consideration and I try to put public safety and preparedness at the top of my priorities, not only the first 100 days but everyday. I am a strong advocate of managed retreat from our shorelines and smart growth that takes our rising sea levels into consideration.