Hawaii mayoral candidate, rail critic Panos Prevedouros joins GOP
HONOLULU — University of Hawaii engineering professor Panos Prevedouros, who is running for Honolulu mayor, has joined the Republican Party.
Prevedouros is a vocal critic of the commuter rail project that is championed by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Prevedouros said in a statement Tuesday that he joined the GOP last Thursday.
He says there are simply too many Democrats and lawyers and too few Republicans and engineers in Hawaii.
Hannemann is expected to give up his post in July in order to run for governor. Prevedouros is among several people who are expected to run later this year to fill the remaining two years of that term.
The other potential candidates include Honolulu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle.