YES TO STRICTER COUNTY COUNCIL TERM LIMITS: Voters were deciding on council races and several charter amendments.
Maui voters cast ballots Tuesday for all nine County Council seats and several proposed charter amendments.
Political lines were drawn three election cycles ago between the more progressive Maui Ohana coalition and the conservative leaning Hui O Maui Citizens for Change. The Ohana group upended the establishment last election and was trying to hold onto their seats this year.
For the East Maui residency seat, Maui Ohana’s Shane Michael Sinenci — a 53-year-old special education teacher in Hana — was led with 46% of the votes, according to results released early Wednesday morning by the state Office of Elections.
Sineca was up against Hui O Maui’s Claire Kamalu Carroll, 51. The Hana resident, whose father held the seat for several terms, had 37% of the votes.
Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, 31, was another Maui Ohana winner in 2018, and won re-election to represent Molokai with 44.1% of the vote. She defeated Stacy Crivello, 74, a former member of the council from 2013 to 2018. Crivello had 37.2% of the vote, according to early results.
Another of the 2018 Maui Ohana victors was West Maui’s Tamara Paltin, 43, a Lahaina lifeguard who ran for mayor in 2014. She had 47.2% of the vote against Hui O Maui’s Rick Nava, 61, who was president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. He had 37.3%….