Campaign spending reports show gap in Honolulu’s mayoral race


Who’s winning the money race in key election contests?

The numbers were due Thursday, and we have the results of donations to the Honolulu mayor’s race.

Campaign reports show money raised and spent from Jan. 1 to June 30.

Incumbent Kirk Caldwell raised $426,000 over those six months and has more than $1.2 million on hand.

His campaign chair told us, “Mayor Caldwell does a good job running the city and we are grateful and fortunate that our supporters feel the same.”

Challenger Charles Djou raised nearly $260,000 over three weeks since his June announcement to run for office, with most of that still on hand at the close of the month.

“It shows that the wind is at our back. Momentum is building on our side here, and we’re going to work really, really hard here and elect a new mayor. We’ll see, hopefully, in the primary,” Djou said.

Former Mayor Peter Carlisle shows no cash donations and a few hundred dollars in loans from himself to pay for campaign expenses. Carlisle declined to comment.

View the reports online here.

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