Rail was the biggest issue during his term as mayor from 2010 to 2012 and Peter Carlisle believes it will be the same for the next mayor of the city and county of Honolulu. The former prosecutor plans to run in the upcoming election challenging incumbent Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Carlisle is a big supporter of the rail system. Just yesterday, Federal Transit Administration officials said to expect those costs to rise another $1 billion and expect a 5 year delay in services. That means that the project that was initially believed to cost $5 billion could now top $8 billion. Carlisle believes that the cost needs to be contained as much as possible, but it needs to be finished. "The future of Honolulu is going to be rail transit," he said on Sunrise and any attempt to shorten the route or remove stations makes no sense to him. He's hoping that if voters choose him, he'll be able to lead the city in a more fiscally responsible way.
On the issue of the homeless, Carlisle said that he believes the numbers are grossly underestimated with the actual population being some 3 times larger. It's a multi-pronged issue that needs to break down the population into groups of people whether they're mentally ill, criminals or just down on their luck, he said, so that the city can get them the help they need. He wants a hard line approach. Instead of offering "carrots", he said you have to walk in with a proverbial stick to deal with the people who are preying on fellow homeless. Carlisle said he's willing to put anyone in jail for physically attacking another person, urinating where they shouldn't be or exposing themselves, but he also understands that some need to be institutionalized as well.
The primary election for mayor will be held on August 13, 2016 according to the Office of Elections. A candidate needs more than 50% of the vote or else there will be a runoff election on the day of the general election, which is November 8, 2016.