2018 primary endorsements I

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all editorials, opinions in this space have no effect on news coverage by the paper. )

Mike Victorino for Mayor

Former County Council member Mike Victorino is our preference to succeed Alan Arakawa as mayor of Maui County.

We believe there is a reason Victorino has strong support from both business and labor — he has a strong commitment to a diversified economy and good jobs for Maui residents.

It is not a disparagement of the visitor industry to recognize that diversification makes our county stronger. We need more jobs in the tech sector and we need to continue to reward innovation. We need more jobs in agriculture. Our small business/retail sector needs a county government that reaches out and helps them thrive in the challenging world the internet has given us.

We also hope that the openness Victorino seems to embody will spread throughout county government. Maui County’s leaders need to embrace open doors and open meetings. Our government needs to operate in the sunshine.

We think Victorino is uniquely qualified to lead the county in the next four years.

County Council Endorsements

We hope that there will be a spirit of cooperation between the new administration and the next County Council. We believe the following candidates should serve on that council.

East Maui — Claire Carroll.

Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu — Alice Lee.

Makawao-Haiku-Paia — Mike Molina.

Upcountry — Yuki Lei Sugimura.

Lanai — Riki Hokama.

Molokai — Stacy Crivello.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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