Honolulu Mayor’s Race May Actually Be One!

Panos Sign WavingWe’ve actually got three viable candidates running for this office.  With all of the fussing about rail, gas, water, and heaven only knows what else, we certainly need someone who will take the bull by the horns and get something done around here!  Wow, it’s great to see more people step forward.

There have been talks about the traffic needs on Oahu.  The discussion about building the rail or not building the rail has become a very heated topic.  One person stood out in my mind when the issues surrounding the rail were brought up.  I did not think it would ever happen and I was both stunned and thrilled to hear the news    Panos Prevedouros, the engineering marvel from the University of Hawaii, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Mayor’s office!  OMG!  I thought this would be so cool but never thought that is would actually happen!

My step father, who passed away a few years ago, always said that he couldn’t understand why our roads were such a mess and that they needed someone with a little more know-how to structure our road system.  My step father was a civil engineer for the Federal government.  I have to chuckle now.  I wish he was alive to see this candidate enter the race!

Here’s a quote from the “About” portion of his campaign web site:

“Engineering is in his blood
Unlike most of us, Panos’ family is crazy about engineering. His family includes computer engineers, electrical engineers, architects, civil engineers and a mechanical engineer.

Can you imagine being really interested in how roads are built, how traffic flows, how to synchronize traffic lights, how to build sewers and dumps that work? Of course not. But luckily for us, Panos is really interested in all that stuff.”

For the record, that’s Dr. Prevedouros, for anyone who wants to know!

Doctorate in Civil Engineering, 1990. Focus on public policy, demand management, human behavior (in the urban transportation system context), transportation planning and modeling. DISSERTATION: Demographic, Social, Economic and Personality Factors Affecting Suburban Transport Behavior.

Now, if we can just find some of his students and interview them to see what kind of leader he is.  🙂   This one is looking good from where I’m standing!  Take a look around his site and see what you find interesting.  Oh, and he wants to see our racing woes taken care of too — auto racing is a passion of his!  Perfect!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fred // Aug 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Panos is probably excellent at running a class full of grad students & grading midterms. But anything beyond that I have grave doubts about his ability.

  • 2 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Fred, thank you for weighing in on this! He’ll just have to prove himself between now and November… or September. Oh dear. I have to admit, I have high hopes for him! We’ll see how it goes.

  • 3 Keahi Pelayo // Aug 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Let’s hope this will actually be a race. Competition is good.

  • 4 Evelyn // Aug 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

    I think we’re all hoping for a little good competition, Keahi. I just hope it’s more about the issues than about mud slinging and stupid ads.

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