Panos Prevedouros says it's not his last stab at mayor's office

By Leland Kim - bio | email

KAKAAKO (KHNL) - The man who campaigned against Mayor Mufi Hannemann's rail plan, finished third. But civil engineering professor Panos Prevedouros had people talking about mass transit.

The mood at Prevedouros' Headquarters on Queen Street was eager anticipation Saturday night.

"We show ourselves to be in a stronger position than we originally thought. We gained a lot of ground..and we're beginning to think we might be able to give Mufi a good run," said Prevedouros supporter, David Gramann.

A tailgate party got volunteers in the mood, eating and talking story. Prevedouros' fiancee Katie O'Donnell has been right by his side since he announced his candidacy.

"I am very, very proud of Panos and and what he's been doing the past few months," she said.

Although the first printout of the Honolulu Mayor results showed him at a distant third, his supporters still had hope.

"I hope he wins of course. If anything, I'd like to go to November. We're ready," said O'Donnell.

Prevedouros said he has no regrets. He said, "It is possible to do what you feel is right and put your money where your mouth is and stand for your issues, and vote for what you think is important for this city and the people of this city."

His biggest supporter, O'Donnell said he made an impact on Oahu. "Then you think, if he can't do it, I know future individuals, might be able to. Other people might be able to feel, hey, I want a change. I want to go out, and make a change," she said.

The change may come eventually. Prevedouros says he'll now go back to his teaching position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Civil Engineering department.But this isn't his last stab at the mayor's office.

"We did great and we're going to do even greater in 2010 or 2012," he said.