Question: What ever happened to Arnold Morgado?
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Answer: The candidate filing deadlines for this year's mayoral election and the city council special election passed without a peep from Arnold Morgado, former city council chairman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate in 1994 and 1996.
Morgado, 47, has been working as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch for the past two years.
Morgado calls his current job "exhilarating" and said it's more demanding than his political life was. Instead of spending his time campaigning, "I've been more interested in doing the best job I can here," he said.
While Morgado said he appreciates the support from people who continue to encourage him to re-enter the political arena, he said for the time being that he would rather serve the community in private ways, rather than by running for office.
"I want to continue to be a very active citizen of this community and remain knowledgeable about the issues," he said.
But after spending 15 years in elected office, he said he's just not interested in serving in that capacity at this time.
Morgado, a former professional football player, now coaches the girls' pole-vaulting team at his alma mater, Punahou. "I'm also the No. 1 fan and team parent for my daughter's volleyball team," he said, and he loves watching his son run down the soccer field.
While he has no immediate plans to run for office, he hasn't ruled out making another bid in the future.
"I'm going to die here in this state and between now and then it's still a possibility."
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