HONOLULU - Although he's never run for office, Doug Chin is no stranger to public service.

"It was really a great experience because it taught me so much about whats important to the people here in O'ahu," said Chin.

An attorney by trade -- Chin was the City and County of Honolulu's managing director beginning in 2010, then was 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, Chin was 3rd 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.

Its hard to find a news story on President Donald Trump's travel ban where Doug 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 U.S. The U.S. 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," said Chin.

What helped him understand -- his two kids. Chin says they taught him how to love and appreciate others. And its 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," Chin explained.

If elected, Chin and his family will stay in Hawaii, but he'll commute to Washington D.C.