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Chiu Tai-san to run for Taichung County magistrate

Chiu Tai-san to run for Taichung County magistrate

Chiu Tai-san, vice chairman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council, held a press conference yesterday to announce his decision to run in the Taichung County magistrate election and resign his post as MAC vice chairman.
Chiu said under his leadership he could make Taichung County more competitive and an important center for cross-strait business or international transportation.
"Taichung County is situated in a perfect geographical location with plenty of resources including Taichung Harbor and Chingchuankang International Airport," said Chiu.
"If the county was led by a capable leader with a new vision then it would not only be as competitive as any other county in Taiwan, but could also play an important role in cross-strait business, and even hold an important place in the world of the future," said Chiu.
Chiu criticized incumbent magistrate Huang Chung-shen indirectly by saying that the county administration should not place local interests higher than the national interest or partisan interests above the party's interests.
"The old ideas of the county administration needs to be changed. Without new insight and a new way of doing things then Taichung County will never enter the international arena," said Chiu.
Chiu said Taichung County's economy has mainly relied on agriculture, and it is time to encourage more industry and commerce into the county.
A potential rival to Chiu, his party comrade and incumbent Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lin Feng-hsi, also claims to have a strong interest in running for the magistracy. Lin has criticized Chiu as a outsider with no strong connection to the county.
Chiu defended his decision to run, saying he decided to seek the post during lunar New Year, and that his previous public posts were all representing Taichung County.
Chiu said in order to unify the party, he hoped the it would decide who should run for the office, him or Lin, so there would only be one party candidate in the race.
"However, if the negotiations fail, the party still has the system of inter-party elections to chose a candidate. And I will then have a fair competition with Lin," said Chiu.
Chiu also said he was confident he will win the inter-party election if there was one, otherwise he would not be resigning his post as MAC vice chairman.
At the press conference several DPP officials, who recently resigned to seek office in other polls, voiced support for Chiu. They included the former GIO chief Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), the former Hakka Affairs Council Chairman Lo Wen-chia, and former Vice Minister of Civil Service Lee Chun-yi.
Lin will run for Taichung City Mayor, Lo will run for Taipei County election, and Lin will run for Chiayi City Mayor.


Updated : 2021-10-25 08:42 GMT+08:00