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South Maui

Don Couch *

Age: 58
Job: Maui County councilman
Background: Former executive assistant, Mayor Alan Ara­kawa; past president, current board member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui

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

The lack of affordable housing is now acute on Maui. About a decade ago, actions of the County Council made the situation worse by imposing high workforce housing requirements that proved to be not economic viable and limiting water source development. I am working to correct those mistakes.

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

The trickiest issue is how to maintain a balance between protecting our quality of life, our unique blend of cultures and exceptional natural beauty, while simultaneously providing a vibrant economy that gives our residents the ability to afford to live in this very expensive place. It’s a question of balance.