Last week, Second Circuit Court Judge Peter Cahill entered a judgment in favor of the county pursuant to the Maui County Charter and the County Code. This ruling disqualifies Neldon Mamuad as a candidate for the office of mayor and his name will not appear on the primary ballot.
A press release from the communications director for the Mamuad for mayor campaign said this decision supports County Clerk Danny Mateo's preliminary decision to disqualify him based on an inquiry filed by Attorney Richard Minatoya. Minatoya contested that Mamuad did not file a financial disclosure form concurrent with his nomination papers. The Mamuad campaign has maintained this situation was a miscommunication between Mamuad and the Clerk's office.
The Mamuad campaign presented its case in Circuit Court on June 24, and provided witness testimonies in person and submitted to the court by sworn affidavit. These affidavits stated that the use of Mamuad's pre-existing financial disclosures were approved by the Clerk's office on two separate occasions, and were intended to be used as part of his concurrent filing with his nomination papers.
Neldon “AZD” Mamuad
"People were under the impression the financial disclosure was something I simply overlooked," Mamuad said. "This was not about knowing how to read instructions or follow directions; this was about being ill-advised by the Clerk's staff. Obviously, this is a lesson learned. I should have erred on the safe side and filed a new disclosure with my nomination papers, but I followed the instructions of the staff. I've never had an issue with filing the financial disclosure. I've been doing it for three years and they were all current and in good standing."
Mamuad continued, "My campaign team and I are disappointed in the outcome, but mostly we're disappointed for the voters of Maui County, who will now have one less choice in new leadership. We do respect the decision of the court and we wish all of the candidates, including the mayor, the very best, and look forward to observing a spirited campaign season."
Upon exiting the courtroom, Mamuad was asked if he would appeal the court's findings. Mamuad's attorneys stated they are looking into the matter, but have no comment on whether they will file an appeal for their client.
Mamuad has also not decided if he will continue to pursue the office of mayor or any other political office in the future, but thanked the supporters of this campaign and his legal team, "Mr. Evans Smith and his Co-Counsel Mr. Marcus Landsberg, who put together the best possible argument for this case."
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