On the Campaign Trail
Kula man takes out papers for Senate
Kula resident Michael Tengan has checked out nomination papers for the 7th District state Senate seat held by Sen. J. Kalani English.
Tengan has until Tuesday afternoon to officially file as a candidate for the district that includes East Maui, Upcountry, Molokai and Lanai.
He said his focus would be on family and community. He has experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and has worked on personal leadership development, community economic enrichment and comprehensive wellness development.
Tengan said he envisions “a cooperative and inclusive relationship management ideology for government and how it can play a strong role uplifting our communities.”
He cites East Maui water as an issue of concern along with ahupuaa (mountain to ocean) land management practices to encourage sustainable agriculture and marine restoration.
Amato files papers for Senate run
Terez Amato announced Friday that she filed papers as a Democrat to seek the state Senate District 6 seat, which covers West and South Maui.
Democratic Sen. Roz Baker currently holds the seat and has filed papers to run again.
Amato grew up on Maui, where she also raised her four children, and described herself as “the only truly progressive choice in this election for state Senate.”
“Hawaii deserves a new senator who is working for the people, not for the corporations and lobbyists that have hijacked our political system,” Amato said. “Maui is not for sale. Our government must always serve our community and protect our environment ensuring that all of Maui’s families share a healthful and prosperous future.”
Amato said she has vowed to never take money from corporations or lobbyists. She said she decided to run because Maui is “at a critical point.”
“It’s time to unite with our neighbors to create new leadership this year,” she said. “Our families’ future depends on the choices we make today.”
For more information, contact the Friends of Terez Amato at Terez@TerezAmato.org or visit TerezAmato.org.
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