Well, here we are a little over a year from the 2014 election where all council seats and the mayor's job will be up for grabs.
We know a little bit about who is running, but not too much.
Mayor Alan Arakawa has announced that he is running for re-election and he will be hard to beat. One tough potential challenger, Council Member Mike Victorino, announced his decision not to seek the job and will instead run again for his seat representing Wailuku, Waihee and Waikapu.
Former Council Members Danny Mateo and Mike Molina - who could not run last time because of term limits - have announced they are strongly considering running next year for their old seats representing Molokai and Makawao-Haiku-Paia, respectively.
This would ostensibly pit Mateo against incumbent Stacey Crivello and Molina against incumbent Mike White.
Another former council member, Joe Pontanilla, told The Maui News a couple of weeks ago he has thought about running for his old seat representing Kahului, but wants to consult with family and supporters before making a decision.
If Pontanilla runs, he will probably face incumbent Don Guzman. Victorino will once again be challenged by Joe Blackburn for the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat.
The big question is who, if anyone, will emerge to challenge Arakawa for mayor. Arakawa has had a good term and that may discourage some of the better-known candidates from running against him.
In any event, there is plenty of time for other challengers in all the county races. The filing deadline is June 3.
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