KAHULUI – Don Guzman has announced his candidacy for the Maui County Council residency seat of Kahului, which will be vacated by council member Joe Pontanilla due to term limits, and will be launching his campaign at a Kick-off party event on November 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. The free event is open to the public and will feature food and entertainment.
Guzman, is an attorney in Maui and runs a small general practice law firm. He was formerly a deputy prosecutor for the County of Maui. He also served on Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s staff as the Maui Field Representative and was a legislative aide for State House Representative Tom Okamura.
Guzman, age 42, lives in Kahului with his wife Dr. Rose Guzman, a physician at Maui Medical Group, and their children Thereese, Nealon, and Andrew. Guzman said he wants to run for office because, “…I believe that my generation has to step up and take responsibility for the future of our county so that our children can have job opportunities and wages that are adequate enough to support the high cost of living in Maui county. It’s important to me that our county holds onto its love of the community and environment, while embracing economic growth and fiscal responsibility.”
Guzman is a recipient of the Asian Pacific American Law Association’s National Service Award and a nominee for “The Outstanding Filipinos of Maui Centennial.”
He has a long history of community volunteerism serving as state president of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, and on the Boards of the Friends of Maui Drug Court, March of Dimes, Maui Bar Association, Maui Young Business Roundtable, and Lahaina Junior Golf Association. He is also an active lector and member at Christ the King Church and the Lions Club.
He is a graduate of Creighton University and the Ohio Northern University College of Law.
For more information, call Friends of Don Guzman at 243-9869, or email
West Maui County Council Candidate Elle Cochran, joins the displaced Hotel Hana Maui workers, asking that the new owner not fire the employees.
|Party leaders met at Kanaha Park today to discuss the upcoming State Democratic Convention. Gubernatorial candidate, Neil Abercrombie, pointed out that Republican, Linda Lingle, has tied up a $billion of State money in some complicated investments which make it impossible to access the funds now that we need them.|
|Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho’ohalahala made a surprise announcement that he will run for Maui Mayor. Since before this, the two front runners were Republican and former Republican, having someone of his stature, well known to all, and with decades of government experience is a real game changer. Sol was right at home in the canoe hale having formerly coached at Hui Wa’a O Lana’i.|
|Three Lt. Governor candidates showed that they care enough about Maui to travel here. They included Gary Hooser (current State Senator from Kaua’i), Lyla Berg (current State Representative from Oahu) and Norman Sakamoto (current State Senator from Oahu)|
|Elle Cochran, young, energetic and involved showed up to represent her precinct. Elle is running for the County Council West Maui Seat.|
Leona Nomura (running for County Council Pa’ia seat against Kai Nishiki and Mary Cochran) and Elle Cochran (running for County Council West seat) are asking for your support in keeping the Hawaiian Immersion program at Pa’ia School open to everyone who wants to attend.
Note that Elle Cochran is not the same person as Leona’s opponent, Mary Cochran.