Here’s how fact-based voting would work

I don’t find many of the letters to The Maui News written for or against particular candidates for office very helpful. I have a suggestion: Let’s make candidates clearly state their views on critical issues facing our county and insist they say how they would address them. Then we can decide who deserves our vote.

I’m concerned about uncontrolled and unmanaged growth of tourism and resulting lack of affordable housing for residents, and negative impact on infrastructure, the environment and respect for Hawaiian culture and resources. In addition, I believe we need a charter change to bring professional management to county operations. I also find the idea of real term limits for council members and the mayor very appealing.

Here’s how fact-based voting would work. Elle Cochran fully supports the county manager concept. Mike Victorino is yet to commit. Several council candidates also support it, including Kelly King, Tamara Paltin, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Alika Atay, Trinette Furtado, and others. Those clearly opposed to it include Yuki Lei Sugimura, Stacey Crivello, Alan Arakawa and Riki Hokama. As to candidates not mentioned here, what say you?

Voters, find out where all candidates stand on issues important to you, then go to the polls and cast your votes as if Maui County’s future depends on it, because it does.

Mark Hyde

Kihei

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