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On The Campaign Trail

August 3, 2014
The Maui News

Candidates event Tuesday

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will host a joint appearance by the three candidates for the West Maui residency seat on the Maui County Council beginning at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbent Elle Cochran and challengers Ka'ala Buenconsejo and Rick Nava will be picking questions from a basket at random and responding to them.

Elle Cochran is serving her second two-year term on the council. Nava, owner of Media Systems, and Buenconsejo, marketing director for the company that operates Old Lahaina Luau and Feast of Lele, are in their first run for office.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Royal Lahaina Resort Ocean Terrace in Kaanapali.

"We are planning to break new ground with our club by having speakers talk about Hawaiian culture as well as candidates for public office," Liz May, co-president, said.

Fact Box

* 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 emailed to For more information, call 242-6343.

For more information, contact May at 669-5200.


Kihei Rotary to host Baker

State Sen. Roz Baker will speak to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise at the breakfast meeting that begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

The state senator for West and South Maui will offer a legislative update.

Baker has been in the state Legislature for almost 20 years and is seeking re-election. She is facing Terez M. Amato in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. If she wins, Baker will face Republican Jared Dubois and Libertarian Bronson Kekahuna Kaahui.

Prior to moving to Hawaii in 1980, Baker was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) with a bachelor of arts in political science and speech and a secondary teaching certificate. She also did post-graduate studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, contact club Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or go to the club's website at



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