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About askmclaughlin

After being a teacher for 11 years, Erin McLaughlin decided to step away and start a new challenge. Politics was the last thing on his mind. McLaughlin knew he wanted to be a business owner. He just wasn't sure what kind of business until one day at the beach a tourist asked him why there were no jet ski rentals in Kihei. Then he realized that was what he would do. Little did he realize just how hard it would be to get a permit and all the obstacles that would prevent him from doing so. He and his partner wrote letters to the newspaper and talked to local and state politicians. After those attempts were unsuccessful, McLaughlin decided to become a candidate for Maui County Council himself. Ask McLaughlin is designed for the voters to ask questions of the candidate. The candidate will then give his position on the issue. Ask McLaughlin anything you want. Ask him anything you want. It can be local, state, or federal politics. Or it doesn't have to be politics at all. If you have a question, send it to

Now That You’re Out, Which of Your Two Former Opponents Will You Support?

Here is a question that has come from supporters of both Don Guzman and Alan Fukuyama. They basically want to know who I will support in the general election. First, I do want to thank the nearly 3,000 people who … Continue reading

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What Has the Campaign Process Been Like?

Landry from Wailea asks, “Candidate McLaughlin, I saw you on the forums and you looked very impressive. With the primaries this weekend, I am wondering what has the entire campaign process been like and will it be worth it if … Continue reading

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How Does McLaughlin Feel about Pay Raises Within the Council?

Here is a question from Mark B. Macanas of Makawao. Mr. McLaughlin: I would like to know your views on the Councilmen who gave their staffers whopping bonuses to “cover their overtime, etc.”? I don’t think it’s fair at all to … Continue reading

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Why Elect McLaughlin?

Here is a question from Ikaika from Upcountry. Why should I vote for you over Alan or Don? That is a very fair question. Of course, he is referring to Mr. Fukuyama and Mr. Guzman. During this whole campaign process, … Continue reading

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How Would McLaughlin Deal With Rising Bus Fares?

Here is a question from Bob from Wailuku. Candidate McLaughlin, I like to use the bus because I can save on gas. The fare just raised from one dollar to two dollars and while that is still cheaper than driving, … Continue reading

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Why Is McLaughlin Running For County Council?

Here is a question from an anonymous asker that I have sat on a couple days. I don’t like to do that but I needed to hear the word of God before addressing this question that is not about any … Continue reading

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What Other Candidates Does McLaughlin Support?

Jason from Kahului asks, “Who are some of the candidates for other seats you would most like to serve on the council with if elected?” That is really an excellent question. If elected, I would be one member on a … Continue reading

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