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Cho Po-yuan opts out of Taichung, backs Jason Hu for mayor
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-12-11 10:41 AM
Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan said Tuesday that although his second term as county magistrate is drawing to a close he is not interested in participating in the election for mayor of Taichung City. He said that if incumbent mayor Jason Hu decides to run again he will be the best candidate in the race, and he will give Hu his complete support.

Cho was in Taichung to deliver a speech at a Creative and Community Marketing forum hosted by Changhua and several other local governments at the Taichung Da-dun Cultural Center.

Cho originally fended off questions from reporters about the election but finally confirmed that he had no desire to contest the Taichung election, deferring to Jason Hu in the race.

Cho noted that Hu has worked to involve Changhua and Nantou counties in a Central Taiwan industrial alliance which has been a great success and has contributed to the development of all of Taiwan. He cited this as one reason he is backing Hu and believes that most of Changhua would support Hu as well for re-election.

Cho noted that Tsai Chin-lung, who announced Monday that he was throwing his hat in the ring for the Taichung mayor’s race, is a good friend. He pointed out that in the past they have worked together in the legislative caucus and he has supported Tsai in the past, but added that if Tsai wants to run for mayor he will have to win the party primary first.

Cho made it very clear that he is not interested in entering the Taichung City election, saying that for now he will concentrate on his duties as Changhua County Magistrate and hopes his efforts will help make this a banner year for the county.

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