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Kelly King steps down as council chairwoman; Alice Lee to take over

Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King, shown during a council meeting Friday, will be resigning her leadership post. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Council Chairwoman Kelly King presides over Friday's council meeting. She announced that she is stepping down from the leadership post. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU – Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King announced Friday afternoon that she will be stepping down from her leadership position to lead a council committee on climate change as well as spend more time with her family.

“I’m excited to step down from the chairmanship to take over that committee because it’s near and dear to my heart, and I work on many of those issues. I’m excited about that.

“I also want to say it’s been an honor to lead the County Council this past year,” King said following a news conference on another matter.

During Friday’s council meeting, the panel approved a resolution proposed by King that acknowledges a climate emergency and committing to an immediate transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.

King said that Council Member Alice Lee has “stepped up” to be chairwoman.

Council Member Alice Lee listens during the council meeting Friday. She has been tabbed to replace Kelly King as council chairwoman. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Council Member Alice Lee listens to proceedings in Friday's council meeting. Lee has been tabbed to take over as council chairwoman. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

King remains chairwoman until a special meeting on Dec. 27 to discuss new organization for the council.

King’s residency seat is South Maui. She was been a council member since 2017, after defeating incumbent Don Couch in the 2017 election. She was reelected in 2018.

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