Rick Blangiardi was sworn in Saturday as the chief executive officer of the City and County of Honolulu.
Despite deep political ties to numerous state and local officials, Keith Amemiya says he has the fresh perspective that Honolulu needs in the mayor’s office.
Rick Blangiardi regularly used his platform on Hawaii News Now to criticize from the sidelines. Now he admits he doesn’t have all the answers either.
In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, trust, tourism and the economy.
In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, homelessness, tourism and the economy.
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But the situation with the more than $9 billion project is so fluid right now that both Amemiya and Blangiardi struggle to say how they’ll handle it.
Both candidates are largely content with the department and the practices that are already in place. Neither would cut police funding.
Candidates submitted their final campaign spending reports before residents start voting by mail throughout October. Two more reports are due before Nov. 3.
Blangiardi and Amemiya both would have done things different than the Caldwell administration but they differ most on the role of police.
The political action committee formerly known as PRP supported Caldwell in the 2012 mayoral race.
The candidate also embraces the Democratic Party of Hawaii and buys more airtime than his mayoral opponent.
Their visions are echoes of each other and an echo of the Caldwell administration.
People who donated to the PAC are not among Hawaii’s typical political contributors.