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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2010

A timeline of Fasi's career

Advertiser Staff

Frank F. Fasi's career at a glance:

Aug. 27, 1920: Born in Hartford, Conn., to immigrant Italian parents.
1942: Graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with B.S. in history
1946: After discharge as a Marine Corps captain, he moves to Hawaii. Works briefly for the Corps of Engineers before going into the contracting, salvage and building supply business.
1948: Joins Hawaii Democratic Party.
1952: Elected Democratic national committeeman from Hawaii. Loses to Mayor Johnny Wilson in Democratic primary.
1954: Beats Wilson in primary, but loses to Republican Neal Blaisdell.
1958: Marries Joyce Kono, his second wife. Fasi wins a seat in the Territorial Senate, his first elective office.
1959-62: Loses races for U.S. Senate, mayor and U.S. House.
1964: Elected to City Council.
1968: Defeats D.G. “Andy” Anderson to become mayor.
1972: Wins second term as mayor, again defeating Anderson.
1974: Loses to George Ariyoshi in Democratic primary for governor.
1976: Wins third term as mayor.
1978: Loses another Democratic primary for governor to Ariyoshi — this time by barely 1 percent of the vote.
1980: Loses in an upset to Eileen Anderson, former state budget director.
1982: Out of office, Fasi forms his own third (Independent Democratic) party to run for governor, but loses again to Ariyoshi.
1984: In a startling comeback, Fasi — by now a Republican — defeats Eileen Anderson to win back the mayor’s job.
1988: Defeats Marilyn Bornhorst to win a fifth term as mayor.
1992: Now a Republican, defeats Democrat Dennis O’Connor for a sixth term as mayor.
1994: As the head of his own “Best” Party, with running mate Danny Kaleikini, loses a bid for governor. Democrat Ben Cayetano wins, Fasi is second and Republican Patricia Saiki is third.
1996: Loses in a nonpartisan race for mayor of Honolulu to Jeremy Harris, his former managing director.
1998: Loses the Republican primary race for governor to Linda Lingle.
2000: Comes in third in a nonpartisan race for mayor of Honolulu behind Harris and Mufi Hannemann.
2004: Comes in third in a nonpartisan race for mayor of Honolulu behind Duke Bainum and Hannemann.