In race for Maui mayor, Bissen to face incumbent Victorino in general election

In the tough primary election race for Maui mayor, retired Judge Richard Bissen was the top vote-getter.
Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 7:28 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 14, 2022 at 11:17 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the tough primary election race for Maui mayor, retired Judge Richard Bissen was the top vote-getter ― and will face off against incumbent Mike Victorino in November.

Bissen clinched about 36% of the vote after the first results, while Victorino had 33%.

“I feel grateful for all the supporters, all the work they put in, all the sacrifices they made,” Bissen told Hawaii News Now. “It’s just great we could deliver good news tonight.”

Eight people were vying to be Maui County’s next mayor. The top four agreed on three main priorities — affordable housing, managing tourism and diversifying the economy.

But Victorino sought to underscore his experience.

First elected in 2019, Victorino spent much of his tenure leading the county through the COVID pandemic, from decisions on mandates to combatting overtourism.

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If re-elected, one of his goals would be to boost wellness professions.

“Now you don’t have to go to Honolulu for an MRI or a CAT scan or something,” Victorino said.

“You have professionals that know how to diagnose right here so you don’t have to go off island. So, the hope is that by bringing wellness as an industry to Maui County, it will benefit our residents.”

Bissen is a founding member of Maui drug court.


He said he wants to turn the axis deer crisis into a sustainable industry for Maui.

“I talk a lot about axis deer … because that one industry will not only provide food, will not only address the agricultural side of things, but it will also help our environment,” he said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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