Endorsements for county posts

Mike Victorino for mayor

As we expressed before the primary, former County Council member Michael 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 Lee Sugimura.

Lanai — Riki Hokama.

Molokai — Stacy Crivello.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.