Job: General manager, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel; Maui County Councilman
Background: Former state representative
What is the most pressing quality of life issue, and what would you do about it?
Homeownership that is affordable to residents continues to be a pressing issue. At its root, cost is a function of supply and demand. Therefore, to lower costs, the Council will have to work with developers to create more economically viable housing options and streamline approval processes without compromising smart growth.
What is the most important issue facing Maui County, and how would you address it?
Job creation and economic stimulation are critical for our county. Many residents and businesses are still facing significant challenges. I led the effort to reduce proposed tax rates for FY 2015 by 9 percent and allocated significant funds for new business and job creation initiatives. These efforts must be continued.