Jeremy Harris

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Harris won a special election to become Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in September 1994, succeeding Mayor Frank F. Fasi who had resigned to run for Governor. He was re-elected Mayor in 1996 and 2000. Due to term limits, Harris was inelegible for re-election in 2004. Former members of the Honolulu City Council Duke Bainum, Mufi Hannemann and former Mayor Frank F. Fasi ran to succeed Harris. Hannemann won 2004 Mayor's race.

Harris was a delegate to the 1978 Hawaii Constitutional Convention. In 1979, he was elected to a seat on the Kauai County Council, and served as Council Chairman. In 1984, he joined the City and County of Honolulu government, and was soon promoted to Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director. Harris holds the distinction of being the city's longest serving Managing Director, having held that post from 1986 until 1994.

Mayor Harris is recognized as having executed the first government system overhaul in Honolulu history. He reorganized all municipal departments and streamlined all services provided by the city and county. He also curtailed urban sprawl by reforming the system of land use planning to preserve open spaces and agricultural districts.

Jeremy Harris, born December 7, 1950, is married to Ramona Sachiko Akui Harris and lives in the Kalihi area of Honolulu.

External Links

  • State of the City Address
    • 2000 State of the City: Mayor vows to give power to the people -- Harris says he will cut red tape and give the public a greater role in making decisions Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1-20-00.
    • 2001 State of the City: Harris courts high-tech firms to invest on Oahu -- In his State of the City address, he is vague on whether he will want property taxes increased Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1-25-01.
    • 2002 State of the City: Harris says no plan to hike property tax -- He outlines measures to help the economy and the environment Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 28, 2002.
    • 2003 State of the City: ‘Modest’ rise proposed for property tax rates -- Harris says it would help offset a projected $160 million shortfall Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1-24-03.
    • 2004 State of the City: Kaimuki gets new police station -- Harris' State of the City speech reveals a shift from the Hawaii Kai site originally planned Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1-30-04.
  • Harris' end of term speech
    • Harris touts decade of endeavors -- The mayor says his achievements have reinvigorated the city Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 17, 2006.
  • 'The Renaissance of Honolulu'
    • OUR OPINION: Harris wrongly put taxpayers in publishing role THE ISSUE: Mayor Harris' book, "The Renaissance of Hawaii," is on sale at bookstores. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 23, 2006.
    • ‘Renaissance’ languishes in stores Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 6, 2005.
    • Kua, Crystal. City loses $76,000 after books returned -- An official calls Jeremy Harris' book a "bad business decision" Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 1, 2006.


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