Officials said it was the first joint swearing-in of the mayor and Council members, an event both Caldwell and Council Chairman Ernie Martin said was symbolic of the will to work together in the spirit of compromise.
Council members receiving the oath of office today from state Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald included new Council members Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine, and re-elected Council members Ikaika Anderson and Ann Kobayashi. Councilman Joey Manahan, who was elected in August and appointed to fill the term vacated in October by new House Rep. Romy Cachola, also took the oath.
Caldwell defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano pretty handily in the November general election by a 54 to 46 percent margin. Most thought that election would be closer, but numbers don’t lie, as people didn’t really get on board with anything Ben Cayetano was saying.
New Mayor Kirk Caldwell will now start ramping up rail progress among other things.