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Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann re-elected

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Senator Daniel Inouye Senator Daniel Inouye

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

IWILEI (KHNL) - Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann won't have to change his work address for the next 4 years. Unless he wants to.

He wins his bid for reelection.

The public appearances, hand shaking, and push for votes has ended.

The long battle to stay at Honolulu Hale is over for Mufi Hannemann.

"I love campaigning, and meeting people but in one way I'm relieved," said the newly re-elected Honolulu Mayor.

This campaign comes at a cost, Hannemann spent over a million dollars an estimated 5 times more than his challenger.

Signs and ads were everywhere.

And after nail biting primary, when Mayor Hannemann came close but fell short of winning re-election outright,

his supporters were ready for a victory party this general election.

Mufi just needed more votes than his challenger Ann Kobayashi.

And that's exact what he got starting with the first printout. A commanding lead he never gave up.

And as the night went on, some of Hawaii's top politicians stopped by to wish the mayor the best.

"As a resident of Honolulu, I value the leadership of our mayor. Thank you Mufi," said US Senator, Daniel Inouye.

Mufi not only got a victory, but also validation from voters that his ideas for the future of Honolulu are ones they believe in.

"It validates what we've been working hard on to leave this city better than we found it. The approval rating have been solid and we are going to continue to work to make this the best city to work, live and raise our family," said Mayor Hannemann.

Before the general election, Mufi do not commit to staying in office for the next four years. He may make a run for the governors office or US Congress in two years. After a challenging but rewarding re-election campaign, Mayor Mufi says he's keeping his options open.

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