BEST COUNTY OFFICIAL
jo anne johnson
I guess Maui County Councilwoman Jo Anne Johnson is a Republican, but it’s always hard to tell where the non-partisan council is concerned. She’s sat on the council since 2000 and chairs the Parks and Economic Development Committee. She’s most famous for her slow-growth philosophy—opposing the development of Launiupoko agricultural lands, for instance—and she even proposed a moratorium on development in her first years in office. She’s articulate, considerate and consistently endorsed by the good-government Ohana Coalition.
runner-up: mayor alan arakawa (ap)