Kuomintang elects former member Ko Chien in Kaohsiung mayoral election

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan’s main opposition party, chose former member Ko Chih-en as a party candidate for the Kaohsiung mayoral election on November 26.

At the party’s Central Standing Committee in Taipei, KMT President Eric Chu announced the election of 60-year-old Ko, who is currently leading the National Policy Foundation, a KMT-related think tank, and teaching at Awajiang University. did. New Taipei.

Mr. Chu said Mr. Kou is an educator, a promoter of maternal and child welfare, a mother of two, and is dedicated to transforming Kaohsiung into a hopeful, safe and healthy city.

Mr. Chu added that Mr. Kou, who grew up in southern Taiwan, will strive to serve the people of Kaohsiung.

Ko has a PhD. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California and is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Educational Psychology and Counseling at Awae University.

She was born in Heito-gun, adjacent to Kaohsiung, and her father, Ko Wen-fu, was a justice of the peace in Heito-gun from 1973 to 1981.

In the wake of her choice, Ko said in a social media post that she would work hardest in the next election campaign to win the mayoral election.

Mr. Ko, who challenges the incumbent Mayor of Kaohsiung (DPP), said that Kaohsiung’s development was slow and unstable, which led to a decline in the city’s population. ..

Kaohsiung has the potential to become a great city due to its abundant natural resources, strong transportation connections, hard-working people, and a booming industrial base.

She added that she listened carefully to the opinions and needs of the city’s 2.72 million residents and made a firm commitment to Kaohsiung’s “change, revitalization and prosperity.”

Ko, who spoke to CNA on Wednesday, admitted that she had fought a tough battle before, estimating that the Kuomintang would have to acquire about 280,000 to 320,000 DPP voters to secure the mayor. ..

She returned to the party’s final position on the fact that Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s decision to run for President of Taiwan less than a year after taking office created deep distrust among voters. did.

Mr. Han was banished to Mayor Kaohsiung in a recall vote in June of the same year after being defeated in the Taiwanese presidential election in January 2020.

He was taken over by the incumbent Mayor Chen Heater, who won the subsequent by-elections in August 2020.

The Kuomintang also announced on Wednesday the election of She Hu-hoon, who had previously headed the Miaoli Administration Office for the Irrigation Agency, as a candidate for the party to run for justice of the peace in Miaoli County.

The county has been headed by KMT Hsu Yao-chang since 2014. Hsu Yao-chang is restricted from running again due to his term limitation.

Chu said Hsieh has been working hard for the people of Miaoli for over a decade and has received praise from current and former Miaoli County Justice of the Peace for his efforts.

Mr Chu added that he believed that She would unite the ranks and files of the parties in the county with his determination and tenacity to win the November Justice of the Peace race. Kuomintang elects former member Ko Chien in Kaohsiung mayoral election

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