On The Campaign Trail

Candidates’ night set for W. Maui

The West Maui Taxpayers Association will be holding “Primary Candidates Night” for those vying for West Maui-related offices and mayor beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center

The forum will include candidates for the West Maui County Council residency seat; state House District 10, which includes West Maui, Maalaea and north Kihei; and state Senate District 6, which includes West and South Maui.

Candidates are asked not to bring a large contingent of supporters, signs or banners and campaign materials inside the civic center. Election activities may be conducted outside the meeting hall.

Anyone displaying disruptive or disrespectful behavior will be asked to leave, the association said. There will be a dinner service provided by local businesses and restaurants.

For more information, email wmta@maui.net or call 661-7990.

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‘Ohana’ candidates hold gathering

A gathering of the “‘Ohana Slate” of candidates will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wailea Healing Center.

Candidates to appear include Elle Cochran, who is running for mayor; Alika Atay, who is seeking re-election to the Wailuku-Waikapu-Waihee County Council residency seat; Terez Amato, seeking the 6th District Senate seat (West and South Maui); Tasha Kama, seeking Kahului council residency seat; and Tamara Paltin, seeking West Maui council residency seat.

These candidates are part of the super PAC Sustainable Action Fund for the Environment ‘Ohana Candidates slate. These candidates have pledged to take no corporate money, to operate with transparency and to support a green and sustainable Maui with a focus on pesticide-free food.

Those attending will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions. The event is free.

The Wailea Healing Center is located at 20 Kaukahi St., up the driveway from Mulligans On The Blue. The event is free. Parking is available at Mulligans.

For more information, contact Amorah St. John at (808) 866-0603.

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ILWU endorses Baker for re-election

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 has endorsed West and South Maui state Sen. Roz Baker for re-election to her 6th District Senate seat.

“We look forward to working with Roz to improve the benefits and protections for Hawaii’s workers and their families, to grow our economy, to improve our communities and to defend the rights of all of the people of our state,” said Donna Domingo, ILWU Local 142 President.

The ILWU represents nearly 18,000 members in Hawaii. Members are employed longshore workers and in general trades, tourism and agriculture.

Baker serves as chairwoman of the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee. She served in the Senate from 1994 to 1998 and from 2002 to present.

She had spearheaded and helped pass legislation to improve health care, support 100 percent renewable energy goals and to keep a strong economy. She has advocated for completion of the Lahaina bypass and the new Kihei high school.

For more information, visit www.rozbaker.com.

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Kane receives union endorsements

Former Maui County Council Member Dain Kane has received a number of union endorsements in his bid to take the 8th state House District seat, according to an announcement.

The unions giving Kane a nod include the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers; Hawaii Firefighters Association; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 3; and the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund.

The 8th House District includes Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu.

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Tupola to hold Maui event

Andria Tupola, a Republican candidate for governor, will be holding a meet and greet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kalama Intermediate School in Makawao.

A free light meal will be offered.

RSVP by calling (808) 201-6241 or online at VoteTupola.com/Skin

* On the Campaign Trail is a public service for candidates to publicize fundraisers, public appearances and other campaign-related events. Announcements must be submitted at least one week in advance of the event and should include a contact name and number. Announcements may be dropped off at The Maui News building in Wailuku, mailed to “Campaign Trail,” Editorial Department, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, faxed to 242-9087, or e-mailed to editor@mauinews.com. For more information, call 242-6343.

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