Running for: Maui County Council (Upcountry)
Running against: Richard H. Pohle
Birthplace: Paia, HI
Electoral Win/Loss Record: 3/0
First electoral victory: 2006
Supports: Land development
Opposes: Stuff that doesn’t require land development?
Gets campaign donations from: ILWU Local 142, Maui Lani Partners, developer Kent Smith, developer Stanford Carr, developer Charlie Jencks, ATC Makena Services (Makena Beach & Golf Resort), Hawaii Association of Realtors
As chairperson of the Maui County Council General Plan Committee, Gladys Baisa has unusual power and authority. Since 2011, she’s been steering the monster (and monstrously contentious) Maui Island Plan through endless committee hearings and discussions. The 2008-2010 council failed to pass the plan, but so far Baisa’s been doing a capable job and might just be on track to get the thing approved. Whether it will have all the protections against irresponsible land development that appeared in the early drafts is another question entirely. Seriously, look over that campaign donation list (and there are others not listed above): those names represent thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the county’s biggest commercial and residential builders, who are right now trying to get mega malls built in Kihei, more than a thousand homes erected in Olowalu and a host of other projects up and running. Wanna know how much she supports land development on Maui? On Aug. 2, she voted (along with four other councilmembers) to approve Maui Land & Pineapple Co.’s plan to take Lipoa Point out of preservation.