Running for: Hawaii State House, District 10 (South and West Maui)
Running against: Chayne M. Marten
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Electoral Win/Loss Record: 3/0
First electoral victory: 2006
Supports: Recruiting high-tech start-ups to Maui, repairing and expanding our roads and harbors, boating and safety buoys.
Opposes: Current National Agricultural Statistics Service policies in regards to coffee
Gets campaign donations from: Hawaiian Telcom Good Government Club, American Resort Development Association-Resort Owners’ Coalition PAC, Plumbers & Fitters PAC, Hawaii Laborers & Employers Cooperation & Education Trust Fund, Citizens Responsive Government
Angus McKelvey, son of former Lahaina News owner* Joan McKelvey, is (like just about everyone else in the Hawaii state Legislature) a Democrat, but that doesn’t tell you much about his time in office. He’s best known for advocating greater infrastructure spending and also for supporting tax credits for domestic filmmakers and start-ups wishing to locate here, but his legislative history is all over the map. In 2012, he sponsored resolutions that would urge “the National Agricultural Statistics Service to use green coffee, instead of parchment equivalent, as the basis for valuing Hawaii’s coffee crops” (HR 105, approved) and declare “Saturdays and Sundays to be ‘Eat Local, Buy Local’ Day in Hawaii” (HR 27, approved). He also pushed unsuccessfully for bills that would ask the state Librarian to convene a task force on library concessions (HCR 102), grant a 20-year lease for “one stand-alone casino in Waikiki not in a hotel” (HB 2788) and require state departments “to attempt to sell or donate office equipment to schools, nonprofits, or salvage businesses before disposal” (HB 2712). Isn’t legislating fun?
* This story originally misstated Joan McKelvey’s role in Lahaina News history.