And now here’s an addendum to last week’s cover story “Unopposed? Who will step forward and challenge Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.” As we were going to press, I got a call from a source saying that Maui County lifeguard/Save Honolua Coalition President Tamara Paltin had just filed an organizational report with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission saying she intended to run for mayor.
“I want to run,” she told me by phone a few minutes later, though didn’t really want to talk on the record about why she was running until after she makes her candidacy official by filing with the state elections office (her campaign website, listed on her CSC form as Tamara4mauinui.com, was not yet active at press time).
Paltin, who works for the county’s Ocean Safety division and has spent many years working to save Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point from development, makes for an intriguing candidate–mostly because she has far more name recognition than currently declared candidates Alana Kay and Ori Kopelman. Big names like Mike Victorino and Mike White may already have taken a pass on the 2014 mayor’s race, but that doesn’t mean it’s already over.