The man who kicked off the beleaguered Honolulu rail project wants to lead it to the finish line.
Blangiardi leads Hanabusa, Amemiya and Pine, but 42% say they are unsure or prefer none of the candidates.
Both the Honolulu county and state SHOPO boards support the candidate unanimously.
Hawaii’s business elites are lining up behind one of their own, giving him an edge on Councilwoman Pine and former Congresswoman Hanabusa.
The Honolulu mayor has far outpaced others who have lined up this far in advance.
Amemiya is getting out ahead of what could be a crowded field for Honolulu’s top job.
UPDATED: The former U.S. congresswoman would be a marquee name in a potentially large field of candidates.
Incumbent Trevor Ozawa’s narrow victory over his challenger blocked the mayor from having a majority of allies on the City Council.
New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.