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Taichung mayor opens campaign headquarters (update)

2014/10/05 17:49:28

Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, who is seeking re-election, opened his campaign headquarters Sunday with a ceremony that was attended by ruling Kuomintang (KMT) heavyweights, such as Vice President Wu Den-yih and Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

Addressing nearly 30,000 of Hu's supporters, Jiang said Hu had been devoted to his job during his term at Greater Taichung, a central area in Taiwan that plays a critical role in the country's development.

In addition to rolling out the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Hu also aims to transform Taichung into a transportation and tourism hub between Taiwan and China by upgrading the Taichung Port and the Ching Chuan Kang Airport, Jiang stated.

The premier urged citizens to choose a mayoral candidate like Hu, who has "rich experience" and understands people's needs because he has served as Taichung mayor for more than a decade.

Vice President Wu Den-yih termed Hu a "committed," "benevolent" and "contributive" mayor, who has used his good education and political experience to draw a comprehensive roadmap for Taichung's municipal administration.

An example of that was extending an invitation to two-time Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee to shoot a movie in Taichung, which helped promote the images of the city and Taiwan in the global community, Wu pointed out.

"We should not change the good master worker in the middle of a house construction," Wu added, calling for the re-election of the incumbent Taichung mayor.

According to polls conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research, a private polling firm, Hu was lagging his major rival Lin Chia-lung of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) by 10.4 percentage points in late May, but the gap was narrowed significantly to 2.4 percentage points by the end of September.

The Taichung mayoral election and other local government elections will be held Nov. 29.

(By Liao Jen-kai and Jeffrey Wu)