For those who like the lively “action” of a political event, all Maui residents are strongly encouraged to come to the candidate forum sponsored by the Kula Community Association in the Kula Community Center from 5:30pm to 9pm this coming Wednesday, June 27 to hear the candidates live and to meet them in person.
Maui residents will also be able to watch the candidate forum on their home televisions. AKAKU will cablecast this forum on cable channel 54 beginning Thursday 6/28 at 8pm. The broadcast will be repeated until the August 11th Primary Election.
With two Councilmembers stepping down to run for Mayor and two other councilmembers deciding not to run, Maui County can look forward to an exciting election season with several new candidates seeking to join the new County Council.
The most “crowded” race will be the contest to be Maui’s next mayor. Three candidates with considerable council experience will be facing off against one another and with four other residents to get one of the two November general election ballot positions.
This forum will include the following non-partisan races: Maui Mayor, the Makawao-Haiku-Paia Council seat being vacated by Mike White; the West Maui seat now held by Elle Cochran; the Kahului seat being vacated by Don Guzman; and the Molokai seat now held by Stacy Crivello.
Furthermore, the forum will also have two state legislature races: the Upcountry seat where Representative Kyle Yamashita is again challenged by Tiare Lawrence; and the Senate seat where Senator Kalani English will run against Gayla Haliniak and Michael Tengan. Both of these Democratic Party races will be settled in the primary election because there is no Republican opposition. Voters will decide in the August primary, rather than in the November general election.
This will be an opportunity for residents to sit back and watch a live event in the comfort of their home, or to be part of the action at the Kula Community Center. Beginning at 5pm the usual light refreshments will be available. For more information: 633-3079