Eric Chu announces for New Taipei City Mayor’s race
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-24 12:02 PM
Mayor Eric Chu of New Taipei City went on Facebook Tuesday to confirm that he will stand for re-election in Taiwan’s largest municipality in November, putting an end to speculation about what he would be doing for the next two years.

In a broad commentary on his four-year term as mayor, Chu said, "I really like what I'm doing now, I am busy but fulfilled." He announced his intention to vie for the KMT nomination for the post by saying simply, "Yes, I will fight for re-election as mayor of New Taipei City"

Chu said he loves New Taipei City and that as mayor he enjoys the feeling of doing practical things for people. He added that opinion polls indicate satisfaction with the municipal government is gradually increasing among citizens of the city, and he believes he and his team can do even more in the future. As examples of his past achievements he cited the extension of more Taipei MRT lines into New Taipei City, the construction of a National Sports Center and the development of more public childcare centers in the city.

Chu touched on the challenges inherent in serving as mayor, explaining that "building a city is no less difficult than running a country – especially in a city like New Taipei City where there is a big gap between the urban and rural areas."

Chu, 53, is a former vice premier and two-term magistrate of Taoyuan County and also serves as vice chairman of the KMT. He was first elected mayor of New Taipei City in 2010. He has been mentioned as a possibility for the KMT nomination for president in the 2016 elections, but apparently bowed to urgings from within the party to stand for re-election in order to ensure that the mayor’s job would not fall into the hands of the opposition.

Chu is expected to win the KMT's nomination for mayor of New Taipei City and run against a challenger to be named by the opposition DPP – widely seen as former premier and Yilan County Magistrate Yu Hsi-kun.

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