BY JIM DOOLEY – State Deputy Attorney General Kevin Takata will formally announce his candidacy for Honolulu Prosecutor at a Sunday news conference.
Takata previously served as senior deputy in the prosecutor’s office but left after Keith Kaneshiro was elected to a two-year term in 2010.
Kaneshiro, who is seeking re-election, was not immediately available for comment today on Takata’s candidacy.
Last year, Kaneshiro accused Takata of filing an unfounded ethics complaint against Kaneshiro with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the agency that oversees attorney conduct in Hawaii.
Takata declined to discuss that allegation, saying ethics complaints are confidential matters.
The outcome of the complaint is unknown.
Kaneshiro said last year that Takata “has an axe to grind because I didn’t re-appoint him.”
Takata is a friend and longtime associate of Franklin “Don” Pacarro, another former deputy prosecutor who was defeated by Kaneshiro in the 2010 election.
According to papers filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission, Pacarro is chairman of Takata’s new campaign committee, Takata for Honolulu.
Former deputy prosecutor Megan Kau is listed as Takata’s campaign treasurer.
Takata was hired as a deputy attorney general within a week of leaving the prosecutor’s office.
His duties have included prosecution of internet crimes and the pending manslaughter case against car dealer and real estate developer James Pflueger.
He successfully prosecuted a former public school employee who pleaded guilty this week to stealing some $15,000 in school funds.
Takata said today he will remain on staff in the Attorney General’s office while he campaigns for prosecutor.