Think About It: Mayoral Jousting - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

May 10, 2012

Think About It: Mayoral Jousting

Things are already getting touchy in the Honolulu mayor's race, as players in the same party are at odds with one another and throwing statements and accusations around. The first debate obviously pitted the pro-rail proponents, Mr. Carlisle and Mr. Caldwell, against the anti-rail advocate, Mr. Cayetano. And when former governor Cayetano said that Senator Inouye, a rail supporter, was "not informed" on the rail issue and how people feel about it, well, that obviously rankled the good senator, who took it as an unnecessary personal attack. And hey, it's only May- we've got three months left until the actual voting takes place.

One of the key things for voters to keep in mind in this vital race is that there are myriad other issues and problems that need to be dealt with in Honolulu now and going forward, and we cannot simply let rail be the complete focus of debates or the campaign. How each candidate plans to deal specifically with other areas of city management is essential to help voters figure out which candidate is ultimately the best choice for the city of Honolulu moving forward, whether it moves forward on a raised steel wheel rail system or not.

Watching well-respected, well-known, well-positioned luminaries in the Democratic Party go head to head early on in this all-important contest will sure make the next few months an interesting time in Hawaii politics. Let's hope the next few mayoral debates as well as debates and forums in other races are educational and enlightening so we can all make what we believe to be the best, most intelligent choices come August when we all go to the polls. Oh, and don't forget to register, as you will absolutely be affected by the outcomes. Think about it…

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