"We're on a roll," said Former City Manager Kirk Caldwell.
He's back for his second stab at becoming Honolulu's next mayor and he says campaign spending reports released on Tuesday show he's ready to put up a good fight.
From July to December of 2011, current Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle raised $53,222, while Caldwell raised $72,860.
It's a much-needed starter fund that Caldwell said he actually raised in about six weeks.
"I think it shows we have a good team in place. We've got a lot of support. We've just started and we're leading Peter in the six month cycle," said Caldwell.
"I think to some extent everybody, including myself, was waiting to see who was going to be in the race and whether they posed a significant challenge," said Carlisle in response to the reports being released.
Mayor Carlisle says he's not concerned about the numbers yet, especially with a total of $339,100 in his war chest and just under $297,174 in cash.
Caldwell, despite an early shot in the arm, is still $144,686 in debt.
Much of that money from his last run for mayor and much of it his own money.
"That is my personal loan to the campaign. It's something that can stay on the books. I'm not worried about it. I'm not focusing on it. I'm focusing on this campaign," he said.
"It's critical to run as hard a campaign as you possibly can and that's going to include a lot more fundraising between now and the primary," said Carlisle.
Despite different starting points for the two candidates, the August primary is now just over six months away and the drive to win this race is on.
"I don't think the amount that you raise, necessarily means you're going to prevail in an election. It has to do with basically what you bring to the job, how experienced you are and whether you're capable of doing the job," said Carlisle.
The other top candidate, former governor Ben Cayetano, announced his candidacy in mid-January so he did not need to file a campaign spending report yet.
All three candidates will have to release updated spending reports in July.