Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman, who currently holds the seat for the Kahului residency area, filed his paper work for candidacy for Mayor of Maui County on Thursday.
Guzman is an attorney and former Maui County prosecutor. He left his practice in 2012 to serve on the county council, where he chaired committees dealing with the environment, litigation, agriculture, economic development, parks and recreation. He served as Council Vice-Chair from 2014-2016.
“My work on the Council helped preserve precious coastal open space and park lands, supported economic diversification by removing barriers for our farmers and small businesses, and maintained the momentum on alternative energy generation,” said Guzman. “As Mayor, I will continue to advocate for a transparent and efficient government operated with integrity, accountability and aloha. Government needs to restore the people’s trust and I intend to do that. My approach to problem solving will be to consider all sides, consult with knowledgeable people and build coalitions to achieve the community’s goals.
“Our community deserves a Mayor who will listen to the people and respect opinions shared.” Guzman said. “It is crucial to have a mayor who can be objective and fair, be able to speak to the divided community yet maintain aloha for everyone.
“Bringing competence to any job is critical. I have prepared myself through education, community service with a career experience in the private sector and public service. I plan to bring a team of the best and brightest to address the challenges at hand.
“I care deeply about our community and believe that by working together we can do more to support the well-being of our families. My focus and commitment will be to further our community’s interest with a sense of fairness, dignity and respect. I have the experience and dedication to help create a positive future.”
Don Guzman is married to Wailuku physician, Dr. Rose Guzman, and they have three children – Reese, Nealon and Andrew.