Voters will choose a new mayor and prosecuting attorney for Honolulu on Sept. 18, the City Council decided today.

Attempts to move the election from September to the Nov. 2 general election failed.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Councilman Romy Cachola said of the decision to stick with the election on the date of the state primary, as has been done before.

Prior to the Council vote, former prosecutor and mayoral candidate Peter Carlisle testified in favor of a September election.

“It’s a vacancy that needs to be filled and the democratic process should allow it to be filled as quickly as possible,” he said.

Referring to council members Donovan Dela Cruz and Rod Tam, who are also running for mayor, Carlisle said, “There is an ugly and apparent conflict of interest for two people who are candidates for mayor in this election. They have no business voting on this.”

Dela Cruz and Tam both recused themselves from the mayoral vote.

Only two members of the nine-member council voted in favor of moving the election back to November, Ikaika Anderson and Lee Donohue. Donohue expressed concern that military absentee voters wouldn’t get their ballots in time to participate in the September election.

Candidates for mayor and prosecutor will now have eight days to file their official paperwork before the July 30 deadline. Currently, there are five contenders in the race: Carlisle, Dela Cruz, Tam, former Honolulu Managing Director and acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell and University of Hawaii Engineering Professor Panos Prevedouros.

Dela Cruz joined Anderson and Donohue in voting to postpone the prosecutor election until November 2.

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