Today, Doug Chin announced his run for Hawai‘i's First congressional district seat that is being vacated by U. S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa at the end of 2018.
The full text of Doug's video message is included below.
We're living in an extraordinary time. So many of the values that Hawaii stands for, diversity, inclusiveness, compassion and Aloha, have been under threat in Washington, D.C. Most recently we've seen that in the form of a Republican tax bill. Legislative class warfare that takes money from public school teachers and literally puts it into the hands of private jet owners.
These backwards priorities have been on display ever since President Trump took office. I was there to see it first hand when I attended a national meeting of State Attorney's General in Washington D.C. We all went together up to the White House to meet with Mr. Trump. While we were there I raised my hand and I asked the President, “Mr. Trump, I understand that you just signed an executive order that bans travel from 7 countries into the United States. Can you explain to us, what is your thinking? What is it that you are trying to accomplish with this order? I'll never forget what he said next. He said, "Frankly, your priorities are not my priorities." That's when it hit me. Hawaii is going to have to stand up, speak up and fight to protect Hawaii's values.
Since then, I've been in courts from here all the way to Washington D.C. fighting for Hawaii's progressive values. Whether it's preserving affordable health care for our families, or protecting the children or the grandparents of immigrants. And, yes, fighting every action that discriminates against people based upon their nation of origin, their religion, their sexual orientation or their identity.
At one point, Jeff Sessions actually went onto Fox News and called me an activist AG. I liked that. It told me I was doing something right.
I'm the son of immigrants. My parents came to the United States with the hope that they would give me and my sister a better life. My father served in the United States Army as an interpreter during the Korean War. And, to honor their sacrifice, I’ve always felt the pull of public service.
I've been a prosecutor for more than 15 years, fighting to protect victims of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault. Some of the most vulnerable members of our community. As the Managing Director for the city and county of Honolulu I got directly involved in promoting infrastructure and jobs and doing whatever it takes to help our neighborhoods be thriving and strong.
As the Attorney General for the state of Hawaii, I have successfully stopped the President's discriminatory actions in several courts, more than once. So now I want to go to Congress to be able to continue to fight for Hawaii's values.
This is a critical time in our country for us. I've made a decision to not be silent. That's why I'm running for Congress in 2018, and that's why I’m asking for your support. Aloha.