Here is why I oppose district council elections
I oppose the district elections and support the current at-large County Council election system for the following reasons:
1. Selection — The selection of an at-large candidate is from a broader island base. A Kaua‘i voter may choose any candidate regardless of where the candidate resides and not be compromised by a geographical area.
2. Representation — Each at-large candidate represents the entire island, not just his/her own district. Each candidate may be more likely to take interest in the overall betterment of the entire island and all its people.
3. Accountability — The at-large candidate will be accountable to every person on Kaua‘i, not a designated group of people from a slice of the island. A person may address a concern to any councilmember.
4. Cost — Running district elections will increase costs in personnel, production, tabulation and resources.
5. Vote — The at-large candidate must garner the majority of the votes, whereas a district candidate needs only more votes than an opponent. It is possible for a candidate in a district election to win if either unopposed or with a single vote.
6. Philosophy — By tradition and culture, Kaua‘i’s diversity is its strength. Our Kaua‘i philosophy is the “we” concept, what is best for all the people and what is best for the entire island. The at-large election system supports the “we” philosophy and encourages cohesiveness. District elections will change the concept of “we” to “me,” and the practice will be what “I want” regardless of the discord and divisiveness in competing for limited resources.
Tina Sakamoto, Lawa‘i