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HI candidate creates app to attract young voters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

You can make a phone call or shoot an email to your elected officials. But it doesn't guarantee they'll see it, much less get back to you.

That's why candidate Jaci Agustin is trying something different.

Jaci Agustin, who announced a run for state House on Wednesday, will be using a smart phone app starting in March to chat with voters. She sees it as another way to reach constituents, in addition to more traditional rallies and community meetings.

"It's something that can help people not only connect with me, but I can connect with them," Agustin said.

The app took four months and about $3,000 to create. 

App developer Zane Lacaden calls that money well spent in an effort to reach younger voters.

He says he created the app to enhance that line of communication. "It's something that hasn't been done," he said. "It's not a third-party or fifth-party wheel that's doing something for Jaci. It's Jaci being directly involved with the app."

Agustin says her favorite feature in the app isn't directly tied to her run for office. Instead it's the tab that allows folks an easy way to register to vote.

"Even if I'm going door-to-door, talking to people, it's hard to get people to register. But with that on there, it's like a link," Agustin said.

The free app is currently available on Android. You'll be able to download it from the Apple store Friday.

Hawaii News Now contacted the incumbent for the seat Agustin is running for -- state Rep. Gregg Takayama. He had no comment on the app.

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