HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle bested a field of three other candidates to win the Honolulu mayor's race. Carlisle won 39% of the vote in a special election that was necessitated by the resignation of Mufi Hannemann. Acting Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell came in a close second with 34%.
Caldwell says he is not planning on making any immediate drastic changes.
"If you go into an office that's got talent, ability, and I know that's true in the city and county of Honolulu, sure, there are some exceptions but the people who are there are generally good, and we're going to do everything we can to get them to try and give us the type of support we need to change the mindset and to change the way things are done at city hall" said Carlisle.
"I want to congratulate Peter Carlisle on becoming the next elected mayor of the city and county of Honolulu. And we all need to work together to make sure this place is better in the future, and create more jobs for all of our citizens" said Caldwell.
Carlisle led Caldwell, engineering professor Panos Prevedouros, City Councilman Rod Tam and four lesser known contenders. Carlisle served four terms as Honolulu prosecutor before vacating his office earlier this year to run for mayor. He also has taught at the University of Hawaii law school.
The results of the election:
Peter Carlisle 39%
Kirk Caldwell 34%
Panos Prevedouros 19%