Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is running for re-election and the councilman who had been considering running against him is bowing out.
Arakawa made the announcement in the Lihikai School cafeteria Tuesday.
The Maui News reports Councilman Mike Victorino's possible bid for mayor was Arakawa's major obstacle, but Victorino says he hopes instead to be re-elected to the council's Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat.
Victorino says he would have a good chance against Arakawa but decided the time isn't right for a divisive campaign.
Arakawa is seeking his third term as mayor. He won his first four-year term in 2002, defeating incumbent Mayor James "Kimo" Apana. He lost to Councilwoman Charmaine Tavares four years later but defeated her in 2010.