Looks like we can add Dain Kane’s name to the list of those wanting to replace Mike Victorino in the Maui County Council’s Wailuku seat.
“With the support of family, friends, and long standing supporters throughout Maui County, I’m excited to once again earn the trust of our citizenry to serve our community,” Kane said in a Jan. 8 statement posted on his website (Dainkane.com). “I bring a candidacy of experience–an understanding of the complex inner workings of county governance, and in particular, county legislative governance, and have consistently demonstrated an ability to work with my peers to accomplish important objectives. My focus and commitment will be to further our community’s interests with a sense of fairness, dignity, and respect.”
What a quote! Kane has friends! Kane has experience! Kane supports fairness! Kane can accomplish important objectives! Oh, if it were only possible for Kane to run for all the jobs, rather than just County Councilman–think of what he could accomplish!
Though Kane (a government consultant since 2007) lost the last two elections he entered (2012 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Maui residency seat election was close; the 2006 Maui County Mayor’s race wasn’t), he’s certainly a strong candidate for this race, considering he held the seat from 1998 to 2006 (his biggest claim to fame during those years was the ban on smoking in Maui County restaurants, which was passed in 2002). Of course, his adversaries have their strong points, too: Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan has all the advantages of being one of Mayor Alan Arakawa’s top aides, and Joe Blackburn (who also ran for the seat in the two previous elections) gives out free donuts every Thursday morning.
According to the Organizational Report Kane filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission, Kane will act as his own campaign chairperson (hmmm…) while his wife Wendy serves as his campaign treasurer.
Photo courtesy Dain Kane’s Facebook page