Hannemann steps down; officially begins campaign for governor

Hannemann steps down; officially begins campaign for governor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Moments after giving up his post as the 12th mayor of Honolulu, Mufi Hannemann says his job is done. After a round of hugs and some tearful goodbyes, the ex-mayor is now an official candidate for governor. Hannemann addressed a crowd of city employees and supporters at Honolulu Hale early Tuesday afternoon.

"Mission accomplished. You know all major decisions have been made. All major projects have been completed or on its way being completed. We have nothing left for our successors to say, how come they didn't do this, how come they didn't do that. I can say that we came a long way and that they city and county is better off than it was 5 1/2 years ago" said Hannemann.

Hannemann is now hitting the campaign trail full-time, and he's heading into the political fight of his life: a re-match against his old nemesis and fellow Democrat, Neil Abercrombie, who has beaten him before. The winner of the primary will likely face Republican James "Duke" Aiona in November.

City managing director Kirk Caldwell will take over as Honolulu's acting mayor. The City Council will decide Thursday on when a special election will be held to fill the rest of Hannemann's term, which ends in 2012. The special election will likely coincide with the primary election in September or the general election on November 2.

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