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Star-Bulletin Primary Election Guide 2004

[ HONOLULU MAYOR ]

Duke Bainum

Nonpartisan

Age: 52 Job: Physician Past: City councilman; state representative; chairman, Diamond State Bank

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

I have the honesty, the ethics, the character and the independence to change the way our city is run and restore people's trust in city government. I will bring honest change to ... government, so Honolulu can finally focus on traffic. ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Traffic congestion. I will work with Gov. Lingle and the Legislature on an affordable, environmentally friendly light rail plan that is part of a larger, comprehensive transportation plan. ... Other pressing problems include sewers, crime ...

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

I would only consider raising taxes or fees as the last alternative. Instead, I would cut wasteful spending by implementing honest change, and finds ways to streamline city government to reduce non-essential services ...


Daniel Howard Cunningham

Nonpartisan

Age: 52 Job: www.american freepress.net Past: I am Daniel in the lion's den

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

I am Daniel of Revelations of the Ecclesia and my doctor's license was revoked for the medical discovery by which to extend life indefinitely. Nuclear technology affords us the opportunity to "inherit the Kingdom." ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Low-level nuclear radiation is anti-aging, and plutonium economy is 8 million times as efficient as a petroleum economy. Pearl Harbor is already on the grid, your taxes already paid for the U.S. Navy, why do you have an electric bill? ...

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

Deep water desalinization creates wealth. High try, "live," distilled water is valuable for industry, nutrition, sanitization and recycling purposes. Why not phase out an oppressive tax system that terrorizes creativity? ...


Frank F. Fasi

Nonpartisan

Age: 84 Job: General contractor (retired)/investor/political activist/patriot Past: Elected territorial senator, councilman, mayor

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

I served as mayor for 22 years. I have a record of people accomplishments that all of my opponents combined could never match. I am the only war veteran, labor leader, state and city councilman and mayor. I know the job from A to Z. ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

I would insure a clean infrastructure, safe streets and environment. The best police and fire departments in the U.S. and the best bus system.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

As mayor, I will not need to make a choice. I know where the dollars are that belong to Honolulu! I will reduce property taxes and still get the job done!


Theodore W. Gibson

Nonpartisan

Age: 84 Job: Retired Past: Taught math, Marine base, beginning calculus several years

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

Solving problems, be it types of gasoline, increasing tourism (48-state visits) to Honolulu, solving highway traffic designs, improving Honolulu public schools performance, or redefining morality among maturing youngsters ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Taxes. State overriding city residential homes by permitting "land mixed use." Home may house up to 10 unrelated individuals, can be recovering drug addicts, not requiring supervision. If most have cars, can fight by not permitting either on-street parking or parking within the setback.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

Under no circumstances. City departments are grossly overstaffed with undertalented bodies. Job descriptions should be required for all positions. ...


Mufi Hannemann

Nonpartisan

Age: 50 Job: Business consultant/ nonprofit executive Past: City Council chairman, DBEDT director

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

Leadership experience, including six years as City Council member, one as chair; Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism director; Pro Bowl Host Committee chair; federal and state appointments ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Two issues: Traffic (see last question) and controlling city spending. Assess condition of the treasury and financial obligations; evaluate performance of agencies through operational audits; establish priorities (public safety will be top priority) ...

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

Sewage fees must be raised to replace crumbling infrastructure and upgrade waste-water treatment facilities, after too many years of neglect.


Lillian Hong

Nonpartisan

Age: 63 Job: Certified video producer, Olelo. Jewelry/crafter. Past: Volunteer, Olelo, since 1996.

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

People in this community know the problems and the needs of this community. Know how to solve the problems and cater to the needs of this community. I will be your new mayor freshly out from this community, carrying the hardships ...

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

People's trust of this city government. I will be a role model. I am not accepting any campaign contributions -- elimination of any favors, paybacks, overruns. TILII -- Tell it like it is with video productions. ...

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

None. I believe, with the help from the people in this community, finding city funds being misused, misplaced, etc. As properties value will be up in 2005, we should have a surplus! We should be able to return power back to the people. ...


Paul Manner

Nonpartisan

Age: 53 Job: Freelance news correspondentWhat qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

I'm running for mayor to stop Mufi Hannemann from becoming mayor.

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Hannemann is a punk, a bully and doesn't care about people.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

He's dictatorial, pro-development and a close friend of Big Island rancher Larry Mehau.


Glenn Pinho

Nonpartisan

Age: None given Job: None given Past: None given

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

I have ideas and solutions no other candidate has offered.

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Real property tax. Completely remove it by replacing it with gaming taxes.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

I would raise gaming taxes to remove real property taxes.


Mike Powers

Nonpartisan

Age: None given Job: None given

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

My age, birth parents and a good Catholic education. I've always engaged myself in the election process of our republic and have read political copy, history.

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Our corrupt police; dirty, unkept streets; neglected infrastructure; and the complete incompetence of elected representatives both on the City Council and the mayor's office on light stingy wages for workers.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

Never property taxes; room taxes, condo taxes to new out-of-state owners if necessary.


Terrence K. Teruya

Nonpartisan

Age: 45 Job: 800 Mhz radio technician HPD/Transit; electrician, Oahu Transit Services

What qualifies you to be Honolulu's mayor?

A strong desire to ensure that our public is safe, our infrastructure functional, our waters clean. Experience in the private sector, as well as as a city employee, gives me the insight in issues that affect both sides. I do have a lot of experience in solving problems and am not experienced in beating around the bush.

What is the most pressing issue facing Oahu, and what would you do about it?

Raising money for our city so not to increase taxes. I would like to see a program to auction off our equipment not used to put money back into our general fund. We must change our "use it or lose it" way on departmental budgets.

Under what circumstances would you consider raising city taxes or fees?

For emergency repairs to our sewage, water, public safety.



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