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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Mayoral Candidates who have not returned a Candidate Q&A
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.
The two former businessmen, both in their first foray into politics, are headed to the Nov. 3 general election
But Hanabusa and Amemiya are tied for second and will likely force a runoff in November.
Keith Amemiya and Steve Alm have raised and spent the most overall but their challengers gained momentum in the month leading up to the primary.
Bud Stonebraker buys airtime along with “big five” Hannemann, Amemiya, Pine, Hanabusa and Blangiardi.
The candidate for Honolulu mayor blames “career politicians” for the city’s problems.
Mayoral candidate Keith Amemiya’s cover story this week looks like a news article but it’s a paid advertisement.
The term-limited Honolulu councilwoman is making use of her city platform as she seeks higher office.
Most of the top contenders say they would hit the brakes on the $9 billion project if financial hurdles can’t be overcome.
Mayoral candidates differ on taxes and growing the economy, but agree that tourism had grown too big before the COVID-19 crisis.
The PAC has not reported where it’s getting its money. The next state report isn’t due until just before the primary.
Primary election voting by mail starts in just over a week.
Thirty-five years ago, the federal government sued Rick Blangiardi for his participation in a loan scam. The mayoral candidate says he was duped by criminals.
The first-time candidate in the nonpartisan race for Honolulu mayor is also advertising heavily.
The candidate for mayor of Honolulu has just one TV commercial running but plans more.
The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping both campaigning and what voters are looking for in a candidate.