UPDATED: Governor Neil Abercrombie has likely been defeated in Democratic primary by David Ing and has done so according to Associated press. Hanabusa and Schatz in Senate race within 11 votes after first to state printouts. The contest of the night.
Ka’ala Buenconsejo makes good showing against Elle Cochran and may make it into general election. Two Cochran opponents total higher percentage than current council member.
Mike White and Mike Molino in tighter race for council. To be updated.
For good government, be sure to go out and vote this Saturday in Maui Primary Election until 6 pm at your local polling place. Weather where we are is not a problem at the moment. May the best candidates win.
VOTE VOTE VOTE SATURDAY. VOICES OF MAUI ENDORSES KA’ALA, WHITE, NIKHILANDRA, ABERCROMBIE, SCHATZ, BAKER
The Blogger has met and talked with all these candidates.
KA’ALA BUENCONSEJO is personable, a new face for council that needs new faces, committed to helping young people stay on the island, jobs and affordable housing
WHITE Is a superb manager, has managed the County budget magnificently, and is highly regarded by other council members. His tourism experience is an asset not a liability in a county that relies on tourists. Victim of some bloggers who have never met him and disparage his accomplishments. Nobody is perfect.
ABERCROMBE turned budget deficit into surplus for state, ended furlough Fridays and has performed wonderly during Hurricane crisis. A very fine man.
NIKHILANANDA is perhaps the least known but best of the new candidates. Masters degree related to government at prestigious university, worldly (50 states, many foreign countries), long time advocated big time of recycling, very well informed on all issues, will have strong attendance record on
Council if elected.
BAKER is a very saavy experienced public servant who delivers for constituents. Play key role in getting Kihea high school going. Criticized for accepting corporate contributions but who doesn’t. Her opponent has as well.
Alphabetical Paritial Listing by Name
ABERCROMBIE, NEIL–GOVERNOR. Energetic. Turned Hawaii from deficient to surplus. Impressive in storm preparation today.
ARAKAWA, ALAN–MAYOR (Lukewarm endorsement) Has great reputation and done excellent things BUT is spending $200,000 of our taxes to fight federal government on injection wells and will lose; spent tax money on lawsuit which was dismissed about employee who criticise police officer)=, weak decision making on recycling..
BAKER, ROZ–STATE SENATE, DISTRICT
delivers for Maui, people not corporate oriented.
COUCH, DON.–COUNCIL. A solid council member. Shows up frequently at meetings in West Maui although he represents other side of pali.
GUZMAN, DON–COUNCIL Fresh face, good record, attorney opposed by former council member who served eight years (we need new blood on Council)
KAALA BUENCONSEJo–council Honest, sincere about helping to keep young people on island, not a tool of developers as has been alleged (based on first hand knowledge)
NICKHILANANDA.–COUNCIL. Big proponent of extensive recycling for years. Has degrees in government. One of most knowledgeable people on issues in Maui County.
SCHATZ, BRIAN–U. S. SENATE.Appointed by Abercrombie, a smart public official. Faces strong opponent but election choices should be based on what voters think and not on others.
WHITE, MIKE–COUNCIL. Sound management of Maui budget, cut taxes, understands is most important industry and is not a politician. Fresh face over candidate who was on council many years.
………………………..NOTE THAT THESE ENDORSEMENTS ARE FOR PEOPLE THE BLOGGER HAS MET AND SOMETIMES HAS HAD EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH. No endorsements for canidates from other areas who I have not met or have accurate information on. PICTURED: The endorser with advisor Kea Aloha.