Former South Maui Rep. George Fontaine was elected chairman of the Maui County Republican Party on Saturday, March 2, at the party's county convention. More than 50 people attended the convention at Kalama Heights Retirement Residence in Kihei. Fontaine, who lost a re-election bid to the House in November, is a retired Maui police captain.
During the convention, the new chairman discussed building a stronger grassroots organization by growing involvement and membership, registering new voters, getting out the vote and recruiting and supporting new candidates, a news release about the convention said.
He also encouraged volunteers to conduct lessons on civics and the U.S. Constitution in school classrooms and with other groups.
Former South Maui Rep. George Fontaine (back, center) was elected chairman of the Maui County Republican Party on Saturday, March 2, at the party’s county convention.
He replaces outgoing Chairwoman Cindy Sue Clark.
The other officers elected to the executive committee were: Dr. Ben Azman, vice chairman of membership; Paige Fontaine, vice chairwoman of events; Mary Lou Green, secretary; and Kathy Mannoia, treasurer.
Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap gave an encouraging presentation on the importance of unity in any organization. She shared historical quotes, including, "United we stand, divided we fall," and the emphasized the need to focus on common goals and values rather than differences.