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Honolulu mayoral election, 2010

Honolulu mayoral election, 2010
September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18)

Nominee Peter Carlisle Kirk Caldwell Panos Prevedouros
Party Independent Democratic Republican
Popular vote 80,553 71,815 38,439
Percentage 38.8% 34.6% 18.5%

Mayor before election

Mufi Hannemann

Elected Mayor

Peter Carlisle

The 2010 Honolulu special mayoral election was held on September 18, 2010.[1] The election coincided with Hawaii's primary election. The winner of the election, Peter Carlisle, filled the unexpired term of former Democratic Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who resigned on July 20, 2010 to run in the 2010 election for Governor of Hawaii.[2]

Honolu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell was acting Mayor of Honolulu on July 20, 2010, following Hannemann's resignation, until the special election was held.[2]


  • Special election background 1
  • Candidates 2
    • Withdrawn 2.1
    • Polls 2.2
  • Results 3
  • References 4

Special election background

Mayor Mufi Hannemann was re-elected to second term in the 2008 mayoral election. In 2010, Hannemann announced his intention seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Hawaii in the gubernatorial election. Under Hawaii's resign-to-run law, Hannemann had to resign as Mayor of Honolulu in order to pursue election to another office in the state.[3]

Mayor Hannemann resigned from office on July 20, 2010, and formally became a candidate for Governor of Hawaii.[2][3][4] Hanneman's resignation necessitated a special mayoral election to fill the remainder of the mayor's unexpired term.[3]

The Honolulu City Council set the date for the mayoral election for September 18, 2010.




An August 2010 poll conducted by Hawaii News Now and the Star-Advertiser showed Peter Carlisle at 49 percent, Kirk Caldwell with 25 percent, Panos Prevedouros with 11 percent, and Rod Tam being favored by 4 percent of potential voters.[1] Carlisle won the election.[6]


Results, Honolulu mayoral special election, September 18, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Peter Carlisle 80,553 38.8%
Nonpartisan Kirk Caldwell 71,815 34.6%
Nonpartisan Panos Prevedouros 38,439 18.5%
Nonpartisan Rod Tam 3,036 1.5%
Nonpartisan Khistina De Jean 761 0.4%
Nonpartisan Philmund Lee 642 0.3%
Nonpartisan Calvin Griffin 582 0.3%
Nonpartisan John Andrew McLeod 391 0.2%
Blank Votes/Over Votes 11,218 5.5%
Totals ' 100%


  1. ^ a b Okita, Teri (2010-08-24). "Exclusive poll shows clear frontrunner in Honolulu mayor's race".  
  2. ^ a b c "Mufi Hannemann to resign as Honolulu Mayor".  
  3. ^ a b c "Mufi Hannemann resigns, files papers for governor Mayor".  
  4. ^ David, Mari-Ela (2010-08-21). "Hannemann resigns, Hawaii governor's race officially starts".  
  5. ^ "Rail opponent Panos Prevedouros to run for mayor".  
  6. ^ B. J. Reyes (September 18, 2010). "Carlisle wins Honolulu mayor's race".  
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