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Caldwell enters mayoral race

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:01 p.m. HST, Jan 12, 2012

Former acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell formally entered the race for mayor today, saying he would be a hands-on executive who would be more than a single-issue candidate.

"I believe you deserve better than what you're getting right now," Caldwell said at a morning news conference to announce his candidacy. "And I can do the job."

Caldwell enters what is expected to be a three-man race, with incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former Gov. Ben Cayetano vying for the city's top job. Cayetano has not formally entered the race, but said Wednesday that the prospect of him doing so "looks pretty good."

Caldwell, a former state representative and city managing director, has been raising money for a potential mayoral bid.

Carlisle won a special election in 2010 to fill the final two years of the term vacated by Mufi Hannemann, who ran for governor and was required by law to resign as mayor. Carlisle won with 39 percent of the vote. Caldwell finished second with 34 percent.

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McCully wrote:
Another political clone.
on January 12,2012 | 10:40AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Good for you Kirk! You have a history of working for the people, not just the corporations, not just the rich and famous! Best wishes! Go for it!
on January 12,2012 | 10:43AM
Kapakahi wrote:
Actually, Kirk's law firm does a pretty good business representing the local business establishment. I like Kirk. But just sayin'...
on January 12,2012 | 01:43PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I guess that is a good thing,since Caldwell's candidacy will take votes away from Carlisle, the other pro-rail candidate, leaving Governor Cayetano with an easy win on behalf of the public that opposes the ill-conceived most expensive (per mile) railroad in the history of the world.
on January 12,2012 | 10:51AM
Kapakahi wrote:

I agree Ben would probably get the most votes. But remember, this is a regular election, so the 3-way split will not work out the same way it would with a "winner-take-all" special election. For a candidate to win in the first round, they need to get 50%, plus 1. Otherwise, there will be a run-off of the top 2 vote-getters.

Let's assume Ben comes in first. He will then face the second place winner, either Carlisle or Caldwell. Will the pro-rail camps be able to re-unite after the primary in order to defeat Ben?

Here's another twist. It might make a difference which pro-rail candidate is defeated in the first round. I suspect more Caldwell supporters would support Ben as their second choice than would Carlisle supporters. So if Kirk is eliminated in the primary, I would expect some of his supporters would switch to Ben. If Carlisle is defeated in the first round, I would expect fewer of his people to switch to Ben. The old Democratic ties mean something to party members. Even if we have ongoing, knock-down, drag out fights sometimes.

on January 12,2012 | 01:41PM
Changalang wrote:
90% chance of a run-off in November if Ben throws in. Kirk will take Peter out this time around. Kirk will eliminate Peter in any other alternate to a Ben run in a three way. Head to head in a November General Election, Kirk will win against anybody but Ben because of the political landscape of the Honolulu economy right now. Kirk will go to November for his second bite at the apple in any conceivable scenario accept the way off chance of Ben getting 50% 1 in the early contest. I remain unconvinced that Ben is going to walk into this thing. Just wanted to get the prediction on record. Your post seemed to be the best place to put it.
on January 12,2012 | 02:15PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is terrific news and will virtually guarantee a win for Cayatano. It is clear that Carlysle does not have the skill sets to effectively run a billion dollar a year organization. He needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
on January 12,2012 | 11:03AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ben gonna kick his tail feathers.
on January 12,2012 | 11:25AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
If he is anything like Mufi Hannemann who raised the property taxes and said that it wouldn't raise rents, watch your property rents go even higher to pay even more pay raises for city and county workers.
on January 12,2012 | 11:33AM
butinski wrote:
Mabuhay Ben. You'll be our next mayor.
on January 12,2012 | 12:51PM
Malani wrote:
Me, I am definitely gonna vote for Ben. And since I need to you sign my book Ben, I'll get you to do it when you become our next Mayor. lol
on January 12,2012 | 02:43PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Tired of Managers managing to hide long enough to make a dollar, earn a title, make some friends, have a little power. PUHLEEZ already. Can we not get down to the business of THE PEOPLE! City and County of Honolulu has BEN needing a leader that will work for the PEOPLE and not manage a title, for a long time coming.
on January 12,2012 | 07:12PM
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