Running for: 11th District Representative
MAUI TIME WEEKLY: Why should people vote for you?
TONY FISHER: More than
anything, because of my many years of life experience. I was in the
computer industry my entire career. Not as a techie, but as a sales
manager. I was also a Data Processing instructor at Glendale College,
and I teach AARP drivers safety here on Maui. My main thing is
experience. I’ve accomplished a lot of things.
What’s the biggest problem facing your district?
Education. But there are equal issues. We have an enormous senior
population in South Maui facing problems of elder abuse and consumer
fraud. Property tax reform is another one.
What do you intend to do about this?
The Legislature has the responsibility to write legislation to fix
these things. I’ve written legislation—the COMET reform and an
ordinance pushing for auto insurance discounts. As far as education,
I’d like to peel Maui County away from the rest of the state education
system and evaluate whether more local control would get better
results. I want to de-centralize school administration.
What are your feelings on Hawaiian Sovereignty?
I’m a fan of Hawaiian Sovereignty. We’re never going back to 1893,
but there has to be some sovereignty given to people of Hawaiian
ancestry. Though I’m not sure how to do that. I have mixed feelings on
the Akaka bill, and the last thing I want to see are Hawaiians on
Okay, what do you think of when I say the word “Superferry?”
Great idea, probably being poorly implemented.
How about George W. Bush?
He’s due the respect of any President of the United States. Like any president, he’s probably made some mistakes in office.
I’m neither a “let the developers do what they want” person or a “never build another house” person.
Wonderful! It’s how I came here the first time. But the economy
needs to be augmented by a high-tech process of industry. I’d like to
see a Maui tech center, where thousands could work technical jobs.
What’s the most difficult thing that ever happened to you?
Going to college full-time while working two jobs.
What’s the last book you read?
Short Stories by John Curry, the president of Northeastern
University, where I went to school. He’s an old friend of mine, and his
stories mention many of the streets and people I knew growing up.
What’s your favorite thing about Maui?
That’s a hard question because the list is so long! More than
anything else, it’s the Aloha spirit. I grew up in Boston and lived in
Southern California, and I prefer it here, doing things slow. I love
the pace of life. It really is the greatest place in the world. MTW