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Councilmember Guzman to Run for Maui County Mayor

September 15, 2017, 8:42 AM HST (Updated September 15, 2017, 8:42 AM) · 10 Comments
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Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman. Courtesy photo.

Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman, who currently holds the seat for the Kahului residency area, announced his candidacy for mayor of Maui County yesterday.

His announcement was received by enthusiastic applause from over 700 supporters at his campaign kick-off at the packed Wailuku Community Center.

Now in his third term as a council member, Guzman said this move was strongly considered to ensure continuity of the positive impact of his work in legislation.

As mayor, Guzman said his leadership can bring the right balance for the community to address the crisis in affordable housing and infrastructure, while preserving the county’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Prioritizing the community plans with valuable public input and deliberation is a must, he said.

“My work on the council helped retain precious coastal open space and park lands, supported economic diversification by removing barriers for our farmers and small businesses, and maintained a momentum on alternative energy,” Guzman said.

(L–R) Riley Coon, Don Guzman, Tim Lara (Chairperson, Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii), Gabe Lucy. Courtesy photo.

“As mayor, I will continue to advocate for a transparent and efficient government that is accountable and has integrity for its actions,” Guzman continued. “Government needs to restore trust and serving as mayor should be absent of arrogance and the willingness to listen. It is the mayor’s duty to consider all sides, consult with knowledgeable people and build coalitions to achieve goals, which is exactly how I would describe my leadership style.”

In addition to legislation he has authored, and countless debates where his research and professional experience had proven to be instrumental, it was Guzman who took the initiative in the creation of the Maui Agricultural Working Group—an informal advisory group of farmers and experts, which has provided significant contributions in County policy-making, Guzman’s press release said.

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Guzman is an attorney and former Maui County prosecutor. He left his practice in 2012 to serve on the county council, where he chaired committees dealing with the environment, agriculture, parks and recreation, economic development and litigation. He served as council vice-chair from 2014 to 2016.

“Our county needs a mayor that will listen to the people of Maui County, has the ability to respect opinions, and courage to embrace new ideas in our changing economic landscape,” he said. “It is crucial to have a mayor who can be objective and fair, be able to speak to the divided community yet maintain aloha for everyone.”

Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman. Courtesy photo.

“I am grateful to have the competence in this endeavor, a character imbued with honest values and a top-notch team dedicated in making a positive impact for all those that call Maui County our home,” he said.

“I’m excited to once again earn the trust of the residents—young and old to serve our community as its Mayor. I care deeply about our community and believe that by working together we can continue to do even more to support the well-being of our families. My focus and commitment will be to further our community’s interest with a sense of fairness, dignity and respect. I have the experience and dedication to help create a positive future.”

Guzman, 48, is married to Wailuku physician Dr. Rose Guzman. They have three children—Reese, Nealon and Andrew.

For more information, go online.

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