HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former congressman Charles Djou is hoping to be the next mayor of Honolulu. He said that he has been campaigning hard across Oahu recently, wanting to win voters one at a time. After a very tight primary race between him and incumbent mayor Kirk Caldwell, he said that he knows it's going to be a tough fight.
His first promise, if he is elected, he will not raise taxes to pay for the rail project. He said that definitively on Sunrise this morning. He believes that there are other ways to save money and still build all 20 miles in the $8.1 billion project. Djou said that the project is being mismanaged and that's why costs are skyrocketing from its original $4 billion price tag. He said current mayor Caldwell isn't doing enough to keep the contractors and engineers in line.
The rail project is a complicated one. When asked if he was concerned about having to catch up, Djou said he thinks he will be a fresh pair of eyes on a project that needs him.
Mayor Caldwell will appear on Sunrise to talk about the rail project as well tomorrow, September 22, 2016.