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JUNO-ANN APALLA Juno-Ann Apalla Juno-Ann Apalla is seeking a first-time seat on the council. Apalla hopes to bridge the gap between inequalities in Kauai County. She envisions a community of leaders from all generations, inspired to work together, create solutions, and engage a diversified range of perspectives on issues. “You don’t need a PhD, you don’t need to have a dis-

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is a graduate of Waimea High School. His platform includes fighting the drug epidemic on Kauai, and he was two ideas to get that done. One is to get the Adolescent Treatment & Healing Center up and running as soon as possible. The second is to help offenders find jobs after they are released from jail. “(We need) to step up our efforts to successfully reintegrate offenders via work-re-

lease opportunities,� he said. Norma Doctor Sparks Norma Doctor Sparks, an attorney and social worker, is a newcomer to the political race. Her platform includes making a transparent government that is accountable, a fiscally responsible government, no new taxes, and career advocating for children and families. Another issue, Doctor

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sertation; you just need to have an extreme passion for your community,� she said. Matthew Bernabe Matthew Bernabe of Kapaa, a regular at council meetings, said he is running on consistency and hopes to make department heads more accountable. He hopes that will make the county run efficiently. He said he’s willing to challenge the administration

and educate people on due process. “I’m not going to blindly OK money. I’m going to want some concessions in the form of detailed, long-term plans,� he said. Arthur Brun Arthur Brun, who is seeking his first term on the council, wants to give back to the place he’s called home his whole life. Born and raised in Kalaheo, Brun





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If elected to another term, he hopes to promote entrepreneurship on Kauai by partnering with the Office of Economic Development and Kauai Community College. He also hopes to bring his leadership experience to the council to regain public trust in the government. “If we can solve problems collaboratively, trust can be Mason Chock gained to help us work more Mason Chock has been on cohesively, rather than the council since 2013. solely strategically,” he said Sparks said, is making sure people are aware of county projects. “Citizens have the right to know what the county is planning on doing, and there should be meaningful dialogue about it.” “I believe that my education and background set me apart,” she added.

Richard Fukushima Richard Fukushima, a Vietnam War veteran, said he understands the needs of the kupuna and veterans who have fought for the freedom of this country. Fukushima, who’s running for his first term on the council, wants to take care of its seniors and veterans. He also wants to address traffic congestion and affordable housing. “The prices of real estate have gone above the means of the ordinary citizens of Kauai, working at minimum wage jobs,” he said. Gary Hooser Gary Hooser has been on the council since 2012 and is seeking re-election. His priorities are affordable housing, health and the environment, food and energy self-sufficiency, traffic congestion, and preventing the increase of local taxes. “Development should be linked to the capacity of our

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infrastructure and that Kauai residents deserve quality housing they can afford,” he said.

gests replacing manpower with technology in areas such as customer service. “Everybody is struggling out there. We can do a lot more on our part, as a county government, to trim the excess,” he said.

The incumbent plans to continue prioritizing a balanced solutions-based approach toward governance and focus on creating more housing, protecting and promoting agriculture, increasing job opportunities, and maintaining a balanced budget. “Being able to put a roof over one’s head and provide food on the table is central to the safety and security of all our residents,” he said.

Ross Kagawa Ross Kagawa who has served on the council for three and a half years. If reelected, Kagawa, who serves as council vice chair, plans to continue to work to fix the county budget. One way to do that is reducing government staff. He also sug-

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turned to the council in 2010 and was reelected in 2012 and 2014. Some issues Rapozo wants to address in the coming term are looking for alDEREK KAWAKAMI KIPUKAI KUALII MEL RAPOZO JOANN YUKIMURA ternatives for trash disposal at the Kekaha landfill, properly equipping and staffing that’s fully committed to fis- Kauai public safety officials, beautiful, close-knit place to and nonprofit administraDerek Kawakami cal accountability, cost sav- and conducting managetion. Derek Kawakami, District raise a family, it is also a If elected to serve another ings (budget cuts) and that’s ment audits to reduce staff 14 representative, is leaving challenging place to make the Legislature to run for the ends meet. I think many peo- term, Kuali‘i said he plans on willing to stand up to our ad- within the county. ple are looking to governcontinuing his push for gov- ministration’s ever-increascouncil. Kawakami served “Some people think I am ment to provide some relief ing spending,” he said. ernment efficiency through on the Kauai County Council biased to the cops because I to their everyday lives, and I fiscally responsible budgetfrom 2008-11. used to be a cop, but no, I Mel Rapozo If elected, Kawakami said am ready to work to do so.” ing and holding the mayor, am biased towards public Councilman Mel Rapozo council and administration he will seek solutions to traf- Kipukai Kuali’i is a former police officer and health and safety,” he said. fic, housing and other con“Police, fire and civil deCouncilman Kipukai Kua- accountable. served three consecutive “It’s my fervent hope that terms on the council from cerns that affect Kauai’s fense. They need the tools li’i, raised in Old Puhi Camp, the voters will elect a coun- 2002 to 2008. After an unsuc- and they do a good job in families daily. has over 20 years experijustifying their request.” cil super-majority of five “While Kauai is the most ence in government, labor cessful mayoral run, he re-

JoAnn Yukimura Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura wants to make life better for the citizens of Kauai. She brings with her 26 years of experience in the political arena, both as a council member and mayor. She hopes to find ways alleviate the transportation and traffic congestion issues facing the island by increasing bus service. She also plans to work for affordable housing. “Many can’t buy a house,” she said. “It’s about supplying good rental housing, which we’ve done at Kalepa and Paanau.”

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LISA ARIN

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Lisa Arin Former deputy prosecutor Lisa Arin is seeking her first term as prosecuting attorney. Arin said one thing she wants to focus on is hiring and retaining good, dedicated attorneys. She also wants to fight the methamphetamine epidemic and make sure Kauai children grow up in a safe community.

“Our home is a beautiful place to live,” she said. “It should also be a safe place to live. Serious crimes, repeat offenders, domestic violence and drugs make our community unsafe.” Justin Kollar If elected to serve another term as prosecuting attorney, Justin Kollar promises to work as hard as he can to build a crimi-

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nal justice system that the Kauai community can believe and trust in. He also hopes to address drug houses, find ways to help domestic violence victims and help drug addicts get clean. Kollar also hopes to continue the battle against methamphetamine. “The fact is that this problem will not go away until we give our young people the life skills and opportunities that will keep them from going down the road of drug addiction,” he said.

SANDRA COMBS

NADINE NAKAMURA

Sandra Combs, Republican Sandra Combs is a psychology, economics, Hawaiian history and participation democracy teacher at Kapaa High School. Combs said she is a supporter of quality education and veterans affairs. “We need to have the best public schools in Hawaii,” she said. “Our public school system should be on par

projects like traffic along the Wailua-Kapaa corridor, finding a permanent solution for North Shore and Eastside Nadine Nakamura, shuttles, and providing lowDemocrat cost affordable housing opNadine Nakamura, a forportunities. mer county councilwoman “There’s a range of soluand former county managing director, said she hopes tions, and we need to work between the county and the to use her experience as a policymaker and administra- state to bring resources together,” she said. tor to benefit residents. She would like to work with the state to support with the private schools, and we can do that.”

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VICTORIA FRANKS

Victoria Franks, Republican Victoria Franks she has wanted to be involved in government since she was a girl. She and her family have lived on four Hawaiian Islands — Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Kauai — for the past 25 years. If elected, Franks will focus on providing timely and accurate information to the

Dee Morikawa, Democrat DEE MORIKAWA Daynette “Dee” Morikawa — first elected in 2010 — is seeking her fourth, two-year public, protecting local fish- term. For the past two years, ing and hunting, and improvsince becoming chair of huing education. man services, she said she’s “As representative, I will listen and address the needs made strides in policies that affect her district: homelessof the people of District 16 ness, welfare, Medicaid and — not special interest education. groups or someone’s “We need to initiate poliagenda, I will support common sense legislation while cies to get things done and we needed to bring home planning for the future of money and bring improveKauai,” Franks said. ments to our schools,” she said.

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