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South Maui

John M. Fitzpatrick

Age: 32
Job: UH Maui College lecturer in oceanography, environmental ecology and human biology
Background: Volunteer, Na Pua No‘eau, the Science Olympiad, Blue ‘Aina, Surf Rider

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

An increasing wealth disparity is the most pressing quality of life issue that hinders the economy, prevents homeownership, is a barrier to health care and education, and makes it difficult to malama the Earth. We must aggressively provide quality education for all, livable wages, and affordable housing!

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

Providing all of our keiki with a quality education and critical thinking skills when graduating from high school is among the top issues we face. It is needed for us to diversify our economy, compete globally, become energy independent, and regain food security. Knowledge is power!