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Joe Pontanilla

Age: 72
Job: Mayor’s executive assistant
Background: Former Maui councilman; former Maui Child & Family Services board member overseeing nonprofit fundraising

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

Our Homeless Population in Hawaii has become an issue that we can no longer ignore. I support public and private partnerships to address homelessness, state & nonprofit organizations along with other initiatives to help shelter homeless individuals, as well as looking to the mental health agencies for working solutions.

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

Maui County’s economic future & our county budget are important issues we are facing. Strengthening the economy by diversifying the economic base by taking steps to address the high cost of living, Creating jobs that have a higher base pay and creating housing for local residents by providing affordable alternatives.