Attorney General Doug Chin announced he will succeed Shan Tsutsui as the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii on Friday.
“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,” Chin said.
Earlier this month, Chin announced that he was stepping down as Attorney General on March 15 to run for Congress. Initially, Chine said he would not need to give up his current position in order to run.
This morning on Wake Up 2day, Chin joined us in studio says to talk about his decision. He says it’s certainly not what he had planned but he believes public service is a privilege.
“It’s the order of succession and I am answering a call to serve,” Chin said. “In 18 years, I have been a prosecutor and the Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu, and Hawaii Attorney General. Each opportunity has shown me how important and valuable the people of Hawaii are, and how critical it is for our leaders to find solutions and preserve Hawaii’s values. My family and I have been humbled by the outpouring of support since I announced my campaign for Congress.”
Governor David Ige appointed First Deputy Attorney General Russell Suzuki to serve as Acting Attorney General until he appoints a new Attorney General. Ige has 60 days to appoint a new attorney general.
Chin said he will continue to campaign to replace Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) who is stepping down to pursue a Primary challenge against Governor David Y. Ige. Chin filed his papers in December for the race.