Tegarden donors provide more than $67,000 in campaign cash
First-time political candidate Deidre Tegarden took in more than $67,000 in campaign donations from January to June – the highest total among Maui County candidates with competitors who had filed their campaign spending reports with the state Campaign Spending Commission by late afternoon Thursday.
Candidates had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to file their first preliminary report, which covers the period of Jan. 1 to June 30.
Tegarden, who is seeking to unseat incumbent and fellow Democrat Kaniela Ing in the District 11 South Maui House race, reported taking in $67,357.76 in the half-year.
Among the larger and notable donors to her campaign were developers and construction industry and union officials. They included Maui developer Everett Dowling; J. Stephen Goodfellow, former president of Goodfellow Bros. Inc.; Tamar Chotzen Goodfellow, wife of Stephen Goodfellow; Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization; Art to Print Hawaii; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; Operating Engineers Local No. 3; Charles M. Sweeney (whose employer and occupation were listed as “self” but is chairman and co-founder of Trinity Investments, which is part of ATC Makena Holdings, owners of Makena Resort). They each donated $2,000.
Ing has made an issue of the pro-growth labor and developer support Tegarden has received, saying in a recent news release that his challenger is “a former (Gov. Neil) Abercrombie aide, who has mounted support from numerous construction unions, including the carpenters, operators and laborers.”
He added: “The election presents a clear choice between the old boy network’s trajectory of unchecked growth or a new grass-roots approach of smart growth and environmental stewardship.”
Responding in a Maui News story June 15, Tegarden said that “these unions and organizations, who have made a clear choice by endorsing my leadership, represent thousands of workers on Maui.”
Tegarden added that she has met with a wide array of community and business leaders.
“These people want leaders who will collaborate on solutions and be able to successfully pass legislation,” she said.
At the beginning of the filing period, Tegarden had $9,081 in her campaign chest, took in $67,358 and spent $66,755, leaving her with $9,683 cash on hand at the end of the filing period.
Ing’s disclosure report was not posted on the Campaign Spending Commission website as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The winner of the Democratic faceoff will take on Republican Daniel Pekus in the general election.
Pekus started off with a zero balance Jan. 1, received $8,123 during the period and spent $2,589, leaving him with $5,534 cash on hand.
In the Maui County Council races, incumbent Don Couch, who holds the South Maui residency seat, also received contributions from developers, construction and business officials.
Couch reported receiving $1,500 each from Dowling; Chad Goodfellow, president of Goodfellow Bros. Inc.; J. Stephen Goodfellow; and Maui Tropical Plantation. He also received $1,000 each from Alexander & Baldwin Inc. Hawaii Political Action Committee and Tamar Goodfellow.
Also making a $600 donation to Couch was Michael Baskin, the owner of Paia Inn. Baskin agreed to pay a $500,000 fine in 2015 in a dispute over zoning and special management area violations for his short-term rentals.
Couch had $1,762 in his campaign chest at the beginning of the period and took in $29,499. He spent $23,093 and had $8,168 cash on hand at the end of the period.
His challengers, Richard DeLeon, Kelly Takaya King and Jerome V. (Tiger) Metcalfe did not have their reports posted online as of midday Thursday.
In the House District 8 race, Democratic incumbent Joe Souki, who is also speaker of the House, had $67,237 in his campaign chest at the beginning of the period. He took in $55,225 and spent $19,498. He had a balance of $102,964 at the end of the period.
Some of the larger and notable donors to his campaign included Lanai Resorts LLC ($2,000); Alexander & Baldwin Inc. HIPAC ($1,700); Young Brothers Ltd. Political Action Committee ($1,600); Island Insurance Political Action Committee ($2,000); Stanford S. Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development LLC., which also is part of ATC Makena Holdings ($1,000); Christopher J. Benjamin, CEO and president of Alexander & Baldwin ($1,000) and Stanley Kuriyama, executive chairman of Alexander & Baldwin ($1,000).
His Democratic challenger, Richard Abbett, began with zero cash and received $125. He spent $25 and had $100 cash on hand at the end of the period.
Republican candidate Gilbert (Gil) Rebolledo’s report was not online midday Thursday. He will face the winner of the Souki-Abbett race in November. The district includes Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu.
In Senate District 5, Democratic incumbent Gil Keith-Agaran, who is running unopposed, began the period with $33,440. He took in $60,314 and spent $15,105. He was left with $78,649 cash on hand at the end of the period.
In the Maui County Council Wailuku, Waihee, Waikapu residency race, Dain Kane began with no cash but took in $27,091. He spent $18,814 and was left with $8,277 at the end of the period.
Notable donors include Sumner Erdman, president of Ulupalakua Ranch ($2,000), and Erdman’s father, Pardee, who donated $1,000. Kane also received $1,000 from the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization fund.
Fellow candidate Joseph Blackburn II began with $1,910 and took in $10,094. He spent $9,370 and was left with $2,634 cash on hand at the end of the period. Many of his donations came from himself to fund food and beverages and advertising. He also has a loan of $3,500 at the end of the period, which amounted to a campaign deficit of $866.
In the same race, Hana Steel reported beginning with no money and taking in $2,025 and spending $794. She was left with $1,231 cash on hand at the end of the period. She did owe $376, which included a loan and unpaid expenditures at the end of the period, and was left with a surplus of $855.
The reports of the other candidates in the race, Alika Atay and Keith Regan, were not posted online midday Thursday.
Kane, Blackburn, Steel, Atay and Regan are vying for the seat being vacated by Michael Victorino due to term limits.
In the council’s Makawao, Haiku and Paia residency race, incumbent Mike White reported having $30,922 in his war chest at the beginning of the period. The chairman of the council received $625 and spent $1,551. He was left with $29,997 cash on hand at the end of the period. He also had a loan of $10,075, leaving him with a balance of $19,922.
Fellow candidate Alan D. Kaufman reported no money at the beginning of the period and took in $24.31. He also spent $24.31 and was left with zero funds at the end of the period.
Trinette K. Furtado, who also is seeking the seat, did not have her report posted online midday Thursday.
For the council’s Lanai residency race, incumbent Riki Hokama reported $51,276 on hand at the beginning of the period. He did not take in any contributions but spent $2,538. He was left with $48,738 cash on hand at the end of the period. He also had a loan of $2,060 and had an ending balance of $46,678.
Challenger Gabriel Johnson reported beginning with no funds at the beginning of the period and receiving $200. He spent $36 and was left with $164 cash on hand at the end of the period.
Stacy Helm Crivello, who holds the council’s Molokai residency seat, reported having $3,047 at the beginning of the period and receiving $500. She spent $814 and was left with $2,733.
Challenger Keani Rawlins-Fernandez reported having no funds at the beginning of the period but received $1,500. There were no expenditures made during the period, but there were $100 of unpaid expenditures, leaving Rawlins-Fernandez with a $1,400 balance.
To view the reports, see ags.hawaii.gov/campaign.
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