ALAN (AL) FUKUYAMA
Running for: Maui County Council (Kahului)
Running against: Don S. Guzman
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI.
Profession: Business Works Hawaii, Maui manager
Electoral Win/Loss Record: 0/2
First electoral victory: N/A
Supports: Curbside recycling, expanding mass transit.
Opposes: The current building permit process.
Gets campaign donations from: Maui Printing Company, Leona Wilson
Al Fukuyama is, by all accounts I’ve read, a great guy to have in the community. He’s a lifelong Hawaii resident, has what political candidates like to call “extensive private sector experience” and volunteers his time to organizations like Community Work Day and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He’s just not a politician. He ran for the Maui County Council West Maui seat twice before, lost both times, then moved to Kahului to care for his aging mother and decided to run for termed-out Councilmember Joe Pontanilla’s seat. He has very little by way of campaign contributions and way too many bland, cliched assertions about what he’d do if elected (“My priority will always be making decisions for the betterment of Maui County’s long-term future,” he said in a November 2011 Maui Now story, as though other candidates openly call for Maui’s cataclysmic destruction).