Focus on women and new mayor at forum

Voters will elect a male mayor for the first time since 1990, and a forum next Wednesday will focus on the duties of the new mayor and protecting the rights and status of Kaua’i’s women.

The Kaua’i County Committee on the Status of Women and League of Women Voters will co-sponsor the discussion, which will cover issues impacting women, families and the entire Kaua’i community, such as junk cars, the sale of Kauai Electric, substance abuse and protecting the environment.

The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu’e. Refreshments will be served.

A representative from the League of Women Voters will outline the new mayor’s duties, responsibilities and how to address the needs of the community. The community and candidates must be clear on what can and cannot be accomplished by the mayor.

Having the two groups organize the forum is ideal because the topics presented should cover a wide range of issues impacting women, families and the entire Kaua’i community, said Carol Bain, past president and current board member. Bain, a member of the Green Party, is running for a Kaua’i County Council seat in the primary election.

Audience members will also be able to participate in a question-and-answer session.

The committee partners with community groups throughout the year to produce seminars and conferences on health, personal growth and legislative advocacy; career development and job training; financial equality in the workplace; and mentoring projects with girls and young women. The committee’s members are chosen via application by Mayor Kusaka for two- or four-year terms.

The League of Women Voters accepts volunteers and members from interested women in the community, and was founded on Kaua’i in 1969, and holds political forums each election year to help raise awareness of political issues and candidates’ platforms.

For more information about the mayoral forum, call 823-0128 or 245-7944; the Mayor’s Office at 241-6300. League of Women Voters president Carol White may be reached at 241-3222; voter education chair Susan Wilson is at 826-6332.

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