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Maui County Primary Election Guide

Your one-stop guide for primary election races in the County of Maui, with associated research and media links.

in Hawaii Politics

This compilation gives a voter the ability to access the current campaign and media available to evaluate and compare State Legislature and County level primary races for key criteria and “change potential.”

When pictures are included, they are intended to draw attention to strong challenges or candidates. These are not endorsements, but reflect candidates that could have an impact in these races, offices and Hawaii’s future.

Criteria is based on the premises articulated in the main article “Primarily Voting For Change”;
1. New Candidate (or relatively new. Challenging incumbent and/or stepping up to higher office)
2. Female (to address the gender inequity in offices)
3. Young (to address the age representation inequity in offices)
4. Grassroots (community based, public interest, not corporate-funded)

[Related: Primarily Voting For Change]

The intent in promoting change is to enhance the democratic process and expose voters to options that make primary candidate evaluation easier, versus a default to name recognition or incumbent advantage. See all the candidate specific links (orange) under each candidate and published non-campaign media and videos below in each race area and/or at the bottom of the guide.

We encourage readers to look at the basic criteria, as well as both/all of the candidates platforms and positions. Evaluate based on substantive criteria, research, community engagement and nature of campaign donors. Decisions for support, donation, advocacy and voting are up to you!

Engage mail in, early and election day voting and also encourage your ohana, organizations and communities. Make the Primary little ‘d’ democracy in the islands strong— It is where we have the widest and most diverse choices. So… People to the primary polls!

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State Senate District 5- No Election

State Senate District 6

Terez Amato

Democratic Challenger
Terez Amato
terez.amato@yahoo.com
www.terezamato.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
Lahaina News
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Rosalyn Baker
(808) 667-2225
rozhbaker@gmail.com
www.rozbaker.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

State Senate District 7

Michael Tengan

Democratic Challenger
Michael Tengan
(808) 372-0804
michael.tengan@gmail.com
www.tengan4tomorrow.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
J. Kalani English
kalani@kalanienglish.com
www.kalanienglish.com
Facebook
MauiTime
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House of Reps. District 8 (No Incumbent)

Mary Wagner

Democratic Challenger
Mary Wagner
(808) 242-7431
wagnermaryd@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Challenger
Justin Hughey
(808) 358-5679
hughey2000@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Challenger
Dain Kane
(808) 244-3579
dainkane@yahoo.com
Facebook

Democratic Incumbent (from appointment)
Troy Hashimoto
(808) 281-3906
troyhashimoto@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

District 08 Forum: This Special Edition of Crossroads presents a forum between the candidates for State Representative, District 08 ( Wailuku District )

House of Reps. District 9

Democratic Challenger
Nelson (Kauanoe) Batangan
(808) 214-1303
aloha@kauanoebatangan.com
www.kauanoebatangan.com
Facebook
MauiTIme

Democratic Incumbent
Justin Woodson
(808) 542-2556
justinwoodson@gmail.com

House 9th Dist.: For candidates, similar issues, different takes

House of Reps. District 10

Democratic Incumbent, No Challenge
Angus McKelvey
(808) 870-8644
mac4house@gmail.com
www.mckelvey4house.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 11

Tina Wildberger

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Tina Wildberger
(808) 870-1739
tw@tinawildberger.com
www.tinawildberger.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Don Couch
(808) 283-3605
don@doncouch.com
www.doncouch.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Olly (Lee) Myrick
omyrick@hawaii.edu
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

District 11 Forum: Crossroads presents a forum between the candidates for State Representative, District 11 (South Maui ).

House of Reps. District 12

Tiare Lawrence

Democratic Challenger
Tiare Lawrence
(808) 276-7685
votetiare@gmail.com
www.votetiare.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Kyle Yamashita
(808) 870-5874
kyle.yamashita@gmail.com
Facebook

Yamashita, Lawrence face off in round two

House of Reps. District 13

John-Bull English

Democratic Challenger
John-Bull English
(808) 347-6758
johnbullenglish@gmail.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Democratic Incumbent
Lynn Decoite
(808) 658-9004
friendsoflynndecoite@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
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Maui County Mayor (Non-Partisan, No Incumbent)

Elle Cochran

Candidate, With Opponent
Elle Cochran
808) 281-7709
ellekcochran@gmail.com
www.elle4mayor.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Candidate, With Opponent
Don Guzman
(808) 281-3773
don@donguzmanmaui.com
www.donguzmanmaui.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Mike Victorino
(808) 281-9053
mikevictorino808@gmail.com
www.victorinoformayor.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Laurent Zahnd
(808) 633-3113
L@vote4L.com
www.vote4L.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Ori Kopelman
(808) 283-8387
ori@globalbrain.com
www.mauitopia.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Alec Hawley
(808) 298-1766
info@jungletoursmaui.com
www.jungletoursmaui.com
MauiTime

Candidate, With Opponent
Beau Hawkes
(808) 264-0245
beauhox@gmail.com
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI’I: Maui Mayor (video)
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Maui County Council (Non-Partisan)

East Maui

Shane Sinenci

Shane Sinenci
(808) 264-8919
ssinenci@yahoo.com
www.votesinenci.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Claire Carroll
(808) 264-0139
clairekamalucarroll@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

West Maui

Tamara Paltin

Tamara Paltin
(808) 870-0052
tampaltin@gmail.com
www.tamarapaltin.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Ernest Balinbin
(808) 667-9101
kbalinbin@hawaiiantel.net

Frederick Nava
(808) 298-3953
rick@msimaui.com
MauiTime

Maui County Council Forum, West Maui

Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu

Alika Atay

Alika Atay
(808) 594-2232
alika@alikaatay.com
www.alikaatay.com
Facebook
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Alice Lee
(808) 280-0035
aliceleehawaii@gmail.com
MauiTime

Candidate Forum: Maui Young Democrats: The Maui Young Democrats hosts candidates for Maui County Council, Wailuku seat

Kahalui

Tasha Kama

Natalie (Tasha) Kama
(808) 463-2963
kama4council@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Debra Kaiwi
debkaiwi@gmail.com
www.debkaiwi.com

Alan Arakawa
(808) 871-4301
MauiTime

Maui County Council Forum, Kahului Seat

South Maui

Kelly King

Kelly King
(808) 283-1954
ktkmaui@me.com
www.kellyking.org
Facebook
MauiTime
Candidate Q&A

Zandra Krause
(808) 280-6145
zandraamaral@hawaii.rr.com
www.zandraonmaui.com
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Makawao-Haiku-Paia

Trinette Furtado

Trinette Furtado
(808) 495-6235
peles808grrl@gmail.com
www.furtado4maui.com
Facebook
Facebook Group
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Michael Molina
(808) 572-7170
mjm.mauicounty@gmail.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Adam Borowiec
(808) 385-5643
admanaloha@hotmail.com

Maui County Council Forum, Makawao-Haʻikū-Pāʻia seat

Upcountry

Hannibal Starbuck

Hannibal Starbuck
(808) 280-5459
hstarbuck@gmail.com
www.hannibalstarbuck.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Yuki Sugimura
(808) 870-8047
friendsofyukilei@gmail.com
www.yukileisugimura.com
Facebook
MauiTime

Lanai

Gabe Johnson

Gabriel Johnson
(808) 559-0980
gabejohnsonwest111@gmail.com
www.gabe4council.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Riki Hokama, Incumbent
(808) 565-6503
rikihokama@yahoo.com
Candidate Q&A

Molokai

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez
(808) 351-0263
keani.rawlins@gmail.com
www.votekeani.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime

Stacy Crivello
(808) 658-0346
stacy.c63@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
MauiTime
Meet the Candidates Primary 2018

Cora Caparida-Schnackenberg
(808) 213-1141
caparida.schnackenberg@gmail.com
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Early walk-in dates are as follows: Primary Election: Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 9

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