HONOLULU (Jan. 18, 2012) — Former Hawai‘i Governor Ben Cayetano announced his candidacy for the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in this year’s upcoming election.
In a press conference Wednesday, Cayetano spoke of his desire to end the Honolulu rail project as the motivation for coming out of retirement to run for Honolulu’s top job.
“I believe that projects built by our city or state should be designed so they are consistent with our core values – our relationship to our environment, to each other and to the culture that binds us together as a people. The $5.3 billion rail project does not cut it.”
He went on to say, “This is not the legacy I want left to future generations. It is irresponsible for us to burden them with huge debt and a city whose beauty is scarred by a wall of concrete snaking along its waterfront, running over ancient burial sites. Our future generations deserve better.
Over the next week or so, Cayetano will unveil a plan to deal with the huge costs associated with upgrading and maintaining Honolulu’s sewer and water system. He has formed an advisory committee of comprised of former City cabinet members and administrators headed by Sam Callejo. Joining Callejo are Toy Arre, who served under Frank Fasi, and Ron Lim, a cabinet member in the Harris Administration.
Cayetano introduced members of his campaign committee, including Rey Graulty, who was as a member of the State House from 1982-1986 and served in the State Senate from 1992-1996. Graulty also served under Governor Cayetano as Insurance Commissioner from 1997 to 1999, when he was then appointed to the Circuit Court bench.
Walter Heen has had a long career in public service, as a retired Federal and State judge, former U.S. Attorney, former Chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, former member of Office of Hawaiian Affairs and member of the Honolulu City Council.
Also part of the committee is one of Hawaii’s foremost television editors, Charlyn Honda Masini, who has a long list of show credits, working most recently as Supervising Producer on the recent APEC, Leaders Week TV produced by Pacific Focus Inc. Masini also serves as the president of Al Masini Entertainment.
For more information please visit www.bencayetano.com.