Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson bowed out of the race for mayor in 2020 earlier this month, but Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine appears headed in the opposite direction.
Pine, who represents parts of Ewa Beach and Ewa Villages, Kapolei, Makakilo, Ko Olina, Waianae and Makaha, sent out an email to supporters this week stating, “Some of you may already know that I am strongly considering running for mayor next year. That’s why I am reaching out to you now for your support as I make this critical decision.”
Pine lists affordable housing, the high cost of living and “an exploding unsheltered homeless population” as urgent issues.
The next mayor must be able to address that as well as “have the character and commitment to follow through with promises, and a proven record of putting people first.”
She concluded her email pitch with a pitch for campaign contributions. Pine held a fundraiser June 18, asking for contributions of up to $2,000 for a mayoral campaign.
Pine is a former Republican state legislator. County offices are nonpartisan.
There are believed to be several past and present office holders interested in succeeding Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who is term-limited.
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