Peter Carlisle was mayor of Honolulu from 2010 to 2012.
He won a 2010 special election with 38.7 percent of the vote, which was held after Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann stepped down to run for governor. Carlisle's campaign emphasized the importance of getting Honolulu’s “financial house in order.” He promised to conduct a thorough audit of the city’s fiscal operations as one of his first steps.
But Carlisle lost re-election in the August 2012 primary against opponents Ben Cayetano and Kirk Caldwell. Carlisle received just under 25 percent of the vote, while Caldwell received 29 percent and Cayetano received 44 percent. Carlisle will continue to serve as mayor until January 2013.
Prior to becoming mayor, Carlisle served as the Honolulu city prosecutor for the City and County of Honolulu for more than 13 years. First elected to the position in 1996, he was re-elected three times. He stepped down from his post in July 2010.