WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – Councilmember Mike White today filed nomination papers for reelection to the Council’s Makawao, Ha‘ikū and Pā‘ia residency seat.
“When I took office one and a half years ago I knew there was much to be done. In a short time, the Council has made tremendous progress and I’m optimistic about our County’s future,” said Councilmember White.
“As promised during my last campaign, I have brought a more business-like approach to running the County. I continually work to scrutinize County expenditures and operations while balancing the needs of the community. We must carefully consider how we will continue to provide core services to residents without burdening future generations with huge debts. Fiscal responsibility will be the key to maintaining a strong and vibrant County.”
In an effort to achieve a greater level of accountability, Councilmember White introduced legislation to establish an Office of County Auditor and has worked to bring a level of fairness to the County’s real property tax system.
Widely known for his support of economic development initiatives, Councilmember White has worked with the Mayor and his team to create an Economic Development Revolving Fund and the Council’s Budget & Finance Committee to create an Economic Development Initiatives budget line-item aimed at stimulating emerging economic drivers. He also has been a strong supporter of our islands’ agricultural industry, introducing a resolution to encourage the development of a long-term management plan to reduce Maui’s axis deer population.
“There is much more to be done for the residents of Maui County, especially in my district,” Councilmember White said. “I hope to continue working with my community to move key projects forward, such as the improvement of Ho‘okipa Beach Park, the construction of restrooms in Pā‘ia and Makawao Town and the expansion of the 4th Marine Park in Ha‘ikū. It has been rewarding to serve the residents of my district and I am eager to continue the work we have started.”
Councilmember White’s decades of visitor industry and business experience help him make informed decisions and address the County’s fiscal challenges with compassion and balance. He previously served five years in the state legislature, has dedicated over 26 years to community service on Maui and is credited with having created the award-winning Hawaiian culture-based Po‘okela program at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel.
“I have been and will continue to be pro-business, pro-environment and fully dedicated to the preservation of our host culture,” Councilmember White said. “I support balanced growth that provides for the preservation of open spaces and the protection of Maui County’s natural beauty.”
“Most importantly, I promise to continue to work for the people of Maui County with aloha, respect and kindness,” he said.