At inauguration ceremony, Maui’s new mayor pledges fiscal responsibility

The former judge also promised to prioritize collaboration and innovative ideas.
He also discussed his focus on economic opportunity and innovation.
Published: Jan. 2, 2023 at 9:55 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2023 at 10:44 PM HST
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WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 1,000 people filled Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Monday evening for the public inauguration of Richard Bissen.

The former judge also promised his community he will prioritize collaboration.

“We like to talk about having a seat at the table for everyone. Often times, it may not even be a table at all. But maybe a simple lauhala mat, carried to, rolled out to wherever it needs to be. So, I am committed to bringing that lauhala mat to our communities,” Bissen said.

Bissen also talked about his commitment to innovative ideas.

“There are significant climate change issues. A tremendous need for food sovereignty and steps to take to improve how we capture and develop renewable and sustainable energy,” he said. “My administration established a new Office of Innovation to ensure that we are making advances in those critical areas.”

Bissen also vowed to accomplish his ambitious goals without burdening residents financially.

“There are two things you need to know about my views on fiscal responsibility. First, I drove a 1994 Ford Bronco for 26 years. And yes, I bought that car used,” said Bissen.

“That’s the same view I hold on how we manage our county finances, sensible and responsible to meet the broad needs of our services.”

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