Lt. Gov. Doug Chin's run for Congress is his first political race
HONOLULU - The primary election is August 11. Island News is helping you get to know the candidates. Tonight, we meet one of the candidates for Hawaii's first congressional district, Lt. Governor Doug Chin.
Although he's never run for office, Chin is no stranger to public service, saying, "It was really a great experience because it taught me so much about what's important to the people here on Oahu."
An attorney by trade, Chin was the City and County of Honolulu's managing director beginning in 2010, then nominated to the role of Hawaii's Attorney General in 2015. He announced plans to resign from that role to focus on campaigning for this congressional race, but when former Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui stepped down, A.G. Chin was third in line for the position, and stepped up.
If elected to fill Hawaii's first congressional district seat in Washington D.C., Chin says he'll fight for civil rights like he has here at home. It's hard to find a news story on President Donald Trump's travel ban where Chin is not mentioned.
Attorney General Chin was the center of national coverage for fighting the president's power to secure the country's borders, preventing people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US. The US Supreme Court upheld the President's ban, but Chin says he'll keep fighting.
Another issue he's still fighting: fallout after a recording of his anti-gay rant from the 90s was released last year. Chin's been accused of having bigoted views, and then flip flopping in time for this race. But he's apologized, and since then, has fought for marriage equality- as well as protections for transgender military members.
"I've had to grow up a lot. When I think back to that time when I was speaking in my 20s, I was a lot younger and I think there were a lot of things I didn't understand," he says.
What helped him understand? His two kids. Chin says they taught him how to love and appreciate others. And it's them- and their kids- who he plans to stand up for in D.C.
"I care so much about what the next generation is going to be for them. Because they're becoming adults. I want so much for them to be able to - not only be able to pay off their student loans, but also be able to come back to Hawaii knowing there's going to be a great job waiting for them."
If elected, Chin and his family will stay in Hawaii, but he'll commute to Washington D.C.