Honolulu City Councilman Romy Cachola, a critic of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, held a news conference the day before the first televised debate in the Democratic primary for governor calling attention to residents upset with higher tax bills because their properties were reclassified by the city from residential to commercial.
Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, Hannemann’s opponent, raised the issue at the debate and chided the former mayor for not taking responsibility.
Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, another Hannemann critic, held a news conference on Sunday again highlighting the property reclassification issue. The second televised debate of the primary is tonight.
Will Abercrombie bring up the issue again?
*Update: The former congressman, citing news reports that were partly generated by his allies, launched another critique of Hannemann at tonight’s debate.
*Update II: Kobayashi acknowledges that her family owns an apartment building that was reclassified.