Complaint filed against Mayor Caldwell announcing reelection campaign on city property

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A complaint has been sent to the Honolulu Ethics Commission against Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The complaint, dated Thursday, May 5, focuses on the mayor’s press conference Wednesday in front of Honolulu Hale after he filed to run for re-election.

The press conference was set up by his campaign, not the city, but the ethics complaint says the event appeared to “unlawfully conduct campaign activities on city property with city employees in attendance.”

KHON2 looked into the rules and they state that “city time or premises cannot be used for campaign activities.”

City time, however, does not include lunch time or vacation time, and city premises that are available for public use may be used for campaign activities.

A spokesperson for the mayor said all city employees who attended the event used vacation time and the area where the announcement was held is a free-speech zone.

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