Ko Wen-je, Sean Lien assembling campaign teams
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-19 12:34 PM
Ko Wen-je and Sean Lien have begun to put together the teams that will advise them during the coming months-long campaign for mayor of Taipei City. Ko has announced that he is taking on former CEPD vice chairman Jason Chang as well as Lin Hsi-chang, a member of DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen's brain trust and other personnel from the Green Camp. Meanwhile Sean Lien has asked former Taipei deputy mayor and former chairman of Taiwan High-speed Rail Ou Chin-der to serve as his general counsel on municipal affairs as his campaign gears up.

Ko Wen-je has worked with a series of current and past officials since he first announced that he was interested in running for mayor, As a former minister without portfolio, Jason Chang brings a highly-respected background to Ko’s team and will helping develop policy platforms and strategies for the coming campaign.

Lin Hsi-chang has served as an advisor to former president Chen Shui-bian as well as Tsai Ing-wen and will assist Ko in handling publicity and public opinion surveys, event planning, Internet strategies and other areas. Lin will be working alongside several other experienced political pros including Chang Yi-chan, a former deputy director of the DPP propaganda department, and Lin Yi-cheng, a former deputy secretary-general for the DPP.

Taipei City Councilor Chien Yu-yen has been acting as the head of a team of spokespersons for the Ko, training young assistants in publicity and the media. In addition, Taipei City Councilor Hsiao Ya-tan, who boasts campaign experience and has worked as a director in the Executive, is working as office manager for the Ko campaign, while Lee Wen-ying, a former Taipei City Councilor and former director of the DPP’s Women’s Affairs section, will be responsible for the women's section in the campaign.

Other talents working in the Sean Lien campaign are contains the former Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan; former CEPD chairmen Schive Chi; former Education Minister Wu Ching-chi, Lin Chih-ying, former director of the Taipei City Bureau of Transportation; and several other advisors with experience in finance, law, advertising and other areas of expertise. One interesting addition to the team is cardiac surgeon Wu Yi-hui, a former colleague of Ko Wen-je at NTU Hospital.

Lending a younger look to the Sean Lien team is 47-year-old Tzu-hsiang Yu, a professor at Shih Hsin University, who was news director for the city when Ma Ying-jeou was mayor and will serve as a spokesman for the campaign. Even younger is 31-year-old Hung Meng-kai, the son of former KMT legislator Kuo Su-chun, who was named head of the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau three years ago. Hung will be responsible for policy development and planning for the team. Lien has also taken on a number of former reporters, including Chien Chen-yu as a spokesperson and Chin Hui-yuan and Yu Shu-hui as press secretaries..

Lien also voiced his dissatisfaction over reports that he had taken a friend to a party at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles. Saying that the said event "never happened," Lien said he was dismayed by such personal attacks and expressed bewilderment that he should face such malicious acts as he was striving to serve the people and help the community by running for mayor, "Is what I’m doing wrong?" he asked.

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