Aloha, Maui County. This is an important election. Please vote! November 6, 2018. We have several great community-minded candidates to choose from. The more of these Ohana Candidates elected into office, the sooner we will see legislation for the health of the people and our fragile environment. Spotlight: Tina Wildberger:
Tina Wildberger is a local Maui business owner who has co-owned Kihei Ice for 18 years. She has successfully grown the company from bagging every bag of ice herself, for the first two years, to running a business, today, that supports the livelihood of 15 Maui families. Involved with the community at the ground level, as an employer, she understands the struggle and need for housing, and supports staff on the edge, or at risk, with housing resources.
Since, historically, there has been a perception that the legislative seats are bureaucratic entitlements, Tina is standing up for South Maui as a service candidate. Running as a State House Representative, she will bring community service back into our representation at the state level. Tina believes in the service of the greater good to the community and is committed to not be corporatist. She is not beholden to the few corporations that have a stranglehold on our government as we have seen in her work, already, standing up to A&B, a real estate development company that continues to divert Maui water from the streams. Tina is running for office because she says “We’ve got to have someone in that house seat voting on state law-making who understands that our environment is our economy and that if we don’t have a healthy vibrant environment, we won’t have a robust economy.” She sees that the values and concerns of the community are all interconnected. To reduce the power of big ag on our community will empower us to focus on clean air, clean water, and healthy reefs.
As a State Rep, Tina aims in getting state and county departments to communicate better, to cooperate better, and to work better together. She sees this as a matter of dividing and delineating responsibilities for better community focus and cooperation instead of the current “passing of the buck” from county to state on community issues such as schools, transportation, and housing. This position will allow her to serve in departments such as civil defense to help prepare communities for natural disasters by working on our deficiencies to shorten response time during catastrophic events, especially if we were to lose our harbors. She is also interested in updating state liquor commission laws to help county liquor commissions to serve their counties better. Additionally, she seeks to improve worker’s comp regulations that prevent employers from paying higher wages and developing better employment packages.