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Maui County Primary Election Guide

Your one-stop guide for primary election races in the County of Maui, with associated research and media links.

in Hawaii Politics

This compilation gives a voter the ability to access the current campaign and media available to evaluate and compare State Legislature and County level primary races for key criteria and “change potential.”

When pictures are included, they are intended to draw attention to strong challenges or candidates. These are not endorsements, but reflect candidates that could have an impact in these races, offices and Hawaii’s future.

Criteria is based on the premises articulated in the main article “Primarily Voting For Change”;
1. New Candidate (or relatively new. Challenging incumbent and/or stepping up to higher office)
2. Female (to address the gender inequity in offices)
3. Young (to address the age representation inequity in offices)
4. Grassroots (community based, public interest, not corporate-funded)

[Related: Primarily Voting For Change]

The intent in promoting change is to enhance the democratic process and expose voters to options that make primary candidate evaluation easier, versus a default to name recognition or incumbent advantage. See all the candidate specific links (orange) under each candidate and published non-campaign media and videos below in each race area and/or at the bottom of the guide.

We encourage readers to look at the basic criteria, as well as both/all of the candidates platforms and positions. Evaluate based on substantive criteria, research, community engagement and nature of campaign donors. Decisions for support, donation, advocacy and voting are up to you!

Engage mail in, early and election day voting and also encourage your ohana, organizations and communities. Make the Primary little ‘d’ democracy in the islands strong— It is where we have the widest and most diverse choices. So… People to the primary polls!

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State Senate District 5- No Election

State Senate District 6

Terez Amato

Democratic Challenger
Terez Amato
[email protected]
www.terezamato.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
Lahaina News
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Rosalyn Baker
(808) 667-2225
[email protected]
www.rozbaker.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

State Senate District 7

Michael Tengan

Democratic Challenger
Michael Tengan
(808) 372-0804
[email protected]
www.tengan4tomorrow.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
J. Kalani English
[email protected]
www.kalanienglish.com
Facebook
MauiTime
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House of Reps. District 8 (No Incumbent)

Mary Wagner

Democratic Challenger
Mary Wagner
(808) 242-7431
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Challenger
Justin Hughey
(808) 358-5679
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Challenger
Dain Kane
(808) 244-3579
[email protected]
Facebook

Democratic Incumbent (from appointment)
Troy Hashimoto
(808) 281-3906
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

District 08 Forum: This Special Edition of Crossroads presents a forum between the candidates for State Representative, District 08 ( Wailuku District )

House of Reps. District 9

Democratic Challenger
Nelson (Kauanoe) Batangan
(808) 214-1303
[email protected]
www.kauanoebatangan.com
Facebook
MauiTIme

Democratic Incumbent
Justin Woodson
(808) 542-2556
[email protected]

House 9th Dist.: For candidates, similar issues, different takes

House of Reps. District 10

Democratic Incumbent, No Challenge
Angus McKelvey
(808) 870-8644
[email protected]
www.mckelvey4house.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 11

Tina Wildberger

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Tina Wildberger
(808) 870-1739
[email protected]
www.tinawildberger.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Don Couch
(808) 283-3605
[email protected]
www.doncouch.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Olly (Lee) Myrick
[email protected]
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

District 11 Forum: Crossroads presents a forum between the candidates for State Representative, District 11 (South Maui ).

House of Reps. District 12

Tiare Lawrence

Democratic Challenger
Tiare Lawrence
(808) 276-7685
[email protected]
www.votetiare.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Kyle Yamashita
(808) 870-5874
[email protected]
Facebook

Yamashita, Lawrence face off in round two

House of Reps. District 13

John-Bull English

Democratic Challenger
John-Bull English
(808) 347-6758
[email protected]
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Lynn Decoite
(808) 658-9004
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
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Maui County Mayor (Non-Partisan, No Incumbent)

Elle Cochran

Candidate, With Opponent
Elle Cochran
808) 281-7709
[email protected]
www.elle4mayor.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Candidate, With Opponent
Don Guzman
(808) 281-3773
[email protected]
www.donguzmanmaui.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Mike Victorino
(808) 281-9053
[email protected]
www.victorinoformayor.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Laurent Zahnd
(808) 633-3113
[email protected]
www.vote4L.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Ori Kopelman
(808) 283-8387
[email protected]
www.mauitopia.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Alec Hawley
(808) 298-1766
[email protected]
www.jungletoursmaui.com
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Beau Hawkes
(808) 264-0245
[email protected]
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI’I: Maui Mayor (video)
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Maui County Council (Non-Partisan)

East Maui

Shane Sinenci

Shane Sinenci
(808) 264-8919
[email protected]
www.votesinenci.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Claire Carroll
(808) 264-0139
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

West Maui

Tamara Paltin

Tamara Paltin
(808) 870-0052
[email protected]
www.tamarapaltin.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Ernest Balinbin
(808) 667-9101
[email protected]

Frederick Nava
(808) 298-3953
[email protected]
MauiTime

Maui County Council Forum, West Maui

Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu

Alika Atay

Alika Atay
(808) 594-2232
[email protected]
www.alikaatay.com
Facebook
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Alice Lee
(808) 280-0035
[email protected]
MauiTime

Candidate Forum: Maui Young Democrats: The Maui Young Democrats hosts candidates for Maui County Council, Wailuku seat

Kahalui

Tasha Kama

Natalie (Tasha) Kama
(808) 463-2963
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Debra Kaiwi
[email protected]
www.debkaiwi.com

Alan Arakawa
(808) 871-4301
MauiTime

Maui County Council Forum, Kahului Seat

South Maui

Kelly King

Kelly King
(808) 283-1954
[email protected]
www.kellyking.org
Facebook
MauiTime
Candidate Q&A

Zandra Krause
(808) 280-6145
[email protected]
www.zandraonmaui.com
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Makawao-Haiku-Paia

Trinette Furtado

Trinette Furtado
(808) 495-6235
[email protected]
www.furtado4maui.com
Facebook
Facebook Group
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Michael Molina
(808) 572-7170
[email protected]
Facebook
MauiTime

Adam Borowiec
(808) 385-5643
[email protected]

Maui County Council Forum, Makawao-Haʻikū-Pāʻia seat

Upcountry

Hannibal Starbuck

Hannibal Starbuck
(808) 280-5459
[email protected]
www.hannibalstarbuck.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Yuki Sugimura
(808) 870-8047
[email protected]
www.yukileisugimura.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Lanai

Gabe Johnson

Gabriel Johnson
(808) 559-0980
[email protected]
www.gabe4council.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Riki Hokama, Incumbent
(808) 565-6503
[email protected]
Candidate Q&A

Molokai

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez
(808) 351-0263
[email protected]
www.votekeani.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Stacy Crivello
(808) 658-0346
[email protected]
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Cora Caparida-Schnackenberg
(808) 213-1141
[email protected]
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Maui Election & Media Links:

Early Voting- Mail & Walk In
Early walk-in dates are as follows: Primary Election: Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 9

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