I’m ready to pick a mayor, are you?

City Council members have taken criticism for scheduling the special election for Honolulu mayor along with the primary election, with one of my colleagues calling them “ninnies” for not waiting until the general election so we could get to know the candidates better.

But I’m totally down with the Sept. 18 date, which follows the precedent of the 1994 special mayoral election to replace Frank Fasi, which was also held with the primary and worked fine.

Mufi Hannemann resigned July 20 to run for governor, giving mayoral candidates two months to make their case.

The four major candidates — Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle, Panos Prevedouros and Rod Tam — have all been in the public eye for a long time and are known quantities who started campaigning even before Hannemann stepped down.

The Star-Advertiser did excellent profiles (links here), as did several TV newscasts. The candidates who could afford it have run their ad campaigns and numerous debates and community forums have been held.

What more do we need to know? Nothing would be accomplished by extending the contest another six weeks except to suck hundreds of thousands more out of the economy to hammer the same advertising themes and unnecessarily extend the limbo of interim city leadership.

We’re ready to settle this one.

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6 Comments on “I’m ready to pick a mayor, are you?”

  1. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    I’m ready, all right. Let’s get this over with and move on.

  2. jaded Says:

    I’ve made my decision, too.

  3. Zippy's Says:

    Rod Tam is the one!

  4. Michael Golojuch, Jr. Says:

    I was ready after the filing deadline!

    But the average voter is still not ready but I am not sure if an extra 45 days would have helped that at all!

  5. zzzzzz Says:

    Not only should Mufi’s replacement be elected in the primary, but Todd Apo’s replacement should be elected in the general. Why waste all that money on a special election?

  6. BIll Sodeman Says:

    I was ready at the filing deadline, too. On the good side, the mayor’s race is distracting some of the Tea Party crowd from other races in the election.

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