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Kauai County Council

Felicia Cowden

Age: 51
Job: School director, Akamai Learning, Waipa
Background: Former co-proprietor, Hanalei Surf Co.; public affairs programmer on KKCR, Kauai Community Radio.

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

The global economy has many Kauai residents struggling to meet their most basic needs or even to find housing while holding a decent job. We need policies that support small business. Cultivating a healthy new crop with related industry to strengthen our local economy is a step on our horizon.

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

Kauai is wise to reclaim the self-reliance that came abundantly in the past. Local food production, renewable energy, careful water-management and updated infrastructure is key for withstanding global resource depletion. County planning needs to encourage practices that strengthen a locally-based economy. Keeping our land healthy, keeps our lives healthy.