New Faces of Maui Government
By Wendy Osher
Councilmember-elect Don Guzman is among three new faces that will represent Maui after winning respective races in last night’s general election.
Guzman defeated Alan Fukuyama to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Kahului Council Member Joe Pontanilla, who reaches his term limit this year.
Guzman managed to garner 23,459 votes in his bid against Fukuyama, who walked away with 14,921 votes.
Also because of term limits, the island of Molokai will have new representation on the County Council.
Stacy Helm Crivello defeated Manuwai Peters in last night’s general election, to secure the vacancy created by the departure of longtime Councilmember Danny Mateo. Crivello had 41.5% of the vote compared to 22.8% obtained by Peters.
In the State House, Representative-elect, Kaniela Ing becomes the youngest legislator to win election from Maui this year.
The 23-year-old Kihei resident managed to oust incumbent Rep. George Fontaine, 52, in last night’s general election.
The vote count was 4,813 (60.9%) for Ing; and 2,772 (35.1%) for Fontaine.
Throughout his campaign, Ing said he had hoped to bring a fresh vision for Maui’s future to the state Legislature.
All three candidates joined an election night results program broadcast out of the Media Center at the University of Hawai’i Maui College. Interviews were conducted by media professionals from Pacific Radio Group in an ongoing partnership with students, faculty and staff at the college.
Full results from this year’s election are available at the following direct LINK.