KELLY TAKAYA KING
Maui County Councilmember
During her first run for council, Kelly promised to commit to the issues that are most important to the community and actively find solutions for affordable housing, environmental protection and climate change, and diversifying our economy.
This solutions-oriented approach to her work can be seen in her numerous Council accomplishments. Kelly has helped bring about several affordable housing projects in South and West Maui, and advocated to protect Front Street Apartments from falling out of affordability.
Working with her colleagues on the Council to pass several government improvement initiatives, Kelly has led the successful effort to give Maui voters the opportunity to decide this November if we will move forward with a more professional, efficient and effective county administration.
It's important to put egos, corporate interests and personalities aside and focus on the needs of all as we work toward a just transition in our new diversified, circular economy. We must be most diligent at the local level where the community has the most control. Kelly supports and encourages all residents to be engaged and active in our community because it is these voices – your voices – for which she stands.
Kelly has supported measures to decrease drunk driving fatalities; she lead the Council in its vote to settle the Lahaina Injection Well lawsuit and even created a standing committee on Climate Action and Resilience which she now chairs.
Now that we are in this pandemic, along with advocating for more federal and county funding for direct aid to residents, business and social services, Kelly has used her “free” time to sew masks, help distribute free meals, hold informational webinars on food security and Charter Amendments,
Her new campaign slogan – Cultivating Good Governance – expands on Pono Prosperity, putting the focus on positive changes for government operations.