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To represent, you must be resident

July 12, 2012
Jason Koge - Kihei , The Maui Weekly

The most critical quality for choosing a candidate to represent us in the state legislature is that the person has a history of residing in and working for our district.

Since I live in Kihei, I was shocked to receive a campaign brochure from Kaniela Ing, which didn't even list which district he is running for--and gave a Makawao address.

I've never heard of him before. How can someone represent South Maui if he has no history of being a participating member of our community? According to his Linked-in profile, he is currently an "At-Large Member of Neighborhood Board 14 - City and County of Honolulu," and according to The Maui News, he is currently a graduate student (at UH Manoa). This sounds like an O'ahu resident to me.

Maui, please don't vote for someone with no Maui track record in our community. We need a representative, not an opportunistic jobseeker.

Jason Koge




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