With less than two weeks to go before the filing deadline, the race for Honolulu mayor has officially attracted eight candidates.

Incumbent Kirk Caldwell is one of them, of course, along with seven other people that most folks probably know little about.

Former Mayor Peter Carlisle is running, too, though he has yet to file.

What about Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin?

Ernie Martin, Honolulu City Council Chair stands bedecked with lei on City Council inauguration day on January 3, 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Chair Ernie Martin, center, at a Council hearing with colleagues. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

“Despite speculation, likely from potential opponents, I have not made a decision about whether to enter the Mayor’s race,” Martin said through a spokesman Wednesday. “The filing deadline is June 7 and my family and I will make our decision before that time.”

Martin’s name has been bandied about for some time now. Other names include former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona and former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou.

The Aug. 13 primary for mayor is nonpartisan. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote plus one, the top two finishers head to a general election runoff.

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