Maui “Young Democrats “ announce forum at KCC on 7/11/16

While state elected offices are by political party and thus so are our elections, county system is non partisan. Thus the race for our District 11 (South of Ohukai) features two Democrats for Representative ( the sole unopposed Republican for office will only appear in the general election) in the primary election, the four candidates for S Maui resident Council are all in same race in primary, with top two vote-getters moving on the the November race. As this event is sponsored by a Democratic party affiliation, they seemingly will only include registered Democrats as participants. It is our understanding that the incumbent Council member is a registered Republican, and thus is not included in the forum. See Press release below for event details.

The Maui Young Democrats invites the public to attend their South Maui Democratic Candidate forum on Monday, July 11th at the Kihei Community Center. This is their second forum of the 2016 election cycle and will feature the incumbent South Maui State House Rep. Kaniela Ing and candidate Deidre Tegarden. Also Democratic candidates running for the South Maui County Council seat: Kelly King, Richard Ma’ele Deleon and Jerome “Tiger” Metcalfe.


The event begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 PM, followed by a candidate forum from  6:00-8PM. Food and refreshments will be provided from Nalu’s South Shore Grill.


The Maui Young Democrats are currently hosting an open poll on the event Facebook page, asking the public to weigh in on possible debate topics. Topics range from Maui’s affordable housing crisis to the recent HC&S closure.  


There are a number of decisive issues that Maui County is facing during this election cycle,” said Tim Lara, President of Maui Young Democrats. “We want these events to help voters understand exactly where the candidates stand on these very important issues.”


Maui Young Democrats plan to host candidate forums, voter registration drives, community service events, social mixers, and public issue forums throughout the 2016 election cycle.


This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary but you can RSVP to the South Maui forum by visiting the event Facebook Page. The public is also encouraged to stay up-to-date with future Maui Young Democrats’ events byLiking” the official Facebook Page. For more information, or to request to be added to the MYD email list, email


About Maui Young Democrats: Maui Young Democrat’s mission is to empower young people to become engaged in influencing politics and government in Hawai‘i.

********* Mahalo

-Tim Lara

President, Maui Young Democrats


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