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West Maui

Elle Cochran *

Age: 49
Job: Maui County councilwoman
Background: Former concierge for the Marriott Maui Ocean Club

What is the most pressing quality of life issue, and what would you do about it?

Quality of life comes from being good stewards of the land. This means responsible development, long range planning, phasing out injections wells, reusing recycled water for irrigation, recycling solid waste, the ahupua‘a system (real sustainable living), agricultural diversity, growing our own food, sharing with our neighbors, buying local.

What is the most important issue facing Maui County, and how would you address it?

Several affordable housing projects have been approved and never built. I’m committed to extracting developer-promised affordable housing and jobs creation. Once built, I would like them to remain affordable in perpetuity (forever). We will never outgrow this housing crisis if we continue to build affordables that become market price units.