HILO -- Big Island Democratic mayoral candidate Fred Holschuh has unveiled a 54-point "Plan for Responsible Change," which adds substance to his campaign based so far largely on image.
down to particulars
The mayoral candidate
airs his 54-point agenda
for 'Responsible Change'
on the Big Island
By Rod Thompson
Big Island correspondent
Among the priorities he outlined yesterday: improving Saddle Road, confining urban development to designated areas, forming district committees to deal with health and safety concerns, creating a blue-ribbon task force of advisers, financing health and education, and passing tax incentives to upgrade older resorts.
While talking about health, education and tax matters, Holschuh recognized that those are primarily state functions rather than county ones. He plans to lobby for state support, he said.
"I think the mayor needs to be the champion of lobbying for our island," he said.
The word "responsible" in his plan refers to balance, he said. The intent is neither to "pave paradise" nor to stop development in its tracks, he said.
The most visible aspect of Holschuh's campaign until yesterday has been a series of half-page newspaper advertisements, with photographs of himself and supporters. The ads had offered few specifics about his plans.
Holschuh said he doesn't expect to change the ad style, but will put his 54-point plan in brochures.
Green party candidate Keiko Bonk has had brochures with detailed proposals for some time. Her proposals include: grass-roots, "community-based" planning and assessment of all costs involved in economic development, including "hidden" costs.
Republican Harry Kim, campaigning on a shoestring budget, has had very few ads and no brochures.
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