HONOLULU (KHON2) — Former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced on Wednesday, May 4, that he will not be running for Hawaii governor due to lack of funding, momentum and timing.

“After much thought and deep consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the race for Governor of the State of Hawai’i,” said Caldwell.

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Caldwell said all candidates for major office weigh the viability of their campaigns every day, or at least they should.

After working eight years as the mayor for the City and County of Honolulu, Caldwell said he is proud of all of the accomplishments the city has made, including in 2020, which focused almost entirely on the COVID pandemic.

Caldwell pointed out “that raising money for this campaign has been difficult.” He also believed that he is the underdog in this race and with the time left to run, he doesn’t think he will have the right momentum to build his campaign through grassroots and public events.

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“Therefore, I have determined that, though it would be a privilege to serve, continuing my campaign for governor is not something I should continue. I know that there will be a right time and a right place for me in some future role,” said Caldwell.