Today, Doug announced his decision to accept the order of succession and that he will continue his campaign for Congress.
“Public service is a privilege. This was not my plan, but it is the order of succession and I am answering a call to serve. In 18 years, I have been a prosecutor and the Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu, and Hawai‘i Attorney General. Each opportunity has shown me how important and valuable the people of Hawai‘i are, and how critical it is for our leaders to find solutions and preserve Hawai‘i’s values.
“My family and I have been humbled by the outpouring of support since I announced my campaign for Congress. Today, I am more motivated than ever to be Hawai‘i’s strong voice in Washington, D.C.”
Chin will continue his campaign to serve Hawai‘i’s First district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is vying to replace Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) who is stepping down to pursue a Primary challenge against Governor David Y. Ige.
Hawai‘i’s current Congressional delegation includes two former Hawai‘i Lieutenant Governors with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) holding the position from December 2010 – December 2012, and U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) serving from December 1994 – December 2002.
Hawai‘i law (HI Rev Stat §26-2) provides for an orderly succession in the event of a vacancy of the offices of Hawai‘i Governor and Lieutenant Governor. As Attorney General, Chin is third in the line of succession after President of the Hawai‘i Senate Ron Kouchi and Speaker of the Hawai‘i House of Representatives Scott Saiki, who earlier this week declined the position.