Council districting can, should happen
Today, Thursday, Feb. 1, I was fortunate to share a short conversation with Gary Hooser. I shared my support for his idea of districting for County Council members. He shared with me interest in keeping our discourse civil, for which I apologized for my past trysts.
We rode the plane to Honolulu, and both jumped on The Bus. My MediCare card allowed me a $1 fare. Being younger, I think Gary had to pay full fare, $5 for an all-day pass. With Honolulu being the worst traffic in the nation, The Bus is the only way to travel.
Anyway, several years ago, signatures were obtained for a successful petition to put council districting on the ballot. The County Council put its own version of districting on that year’s ballot. Both districting measures passed, causing the County Clerk to nullify both.
The Charter Review Commission wrestled with the districting question over the years, with substantial support. The sticking point is determining the districts. Gary’s idea of using the three established state representative districts has a lot of merit. Council- members could be one or two per district, and the remaining council member(s) voted at large. The total count should probably remain at seven.
We should make this happen.
Mike Curtis, Koloa