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Huang Ching-tai: I’m in the mayor’s race “unless a bullet takes me out”
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-17 05:02 PM
Huang Ching-tai says that his hat is still in the ring in the mayor’s race in Keelung, vowing that he will not pull out of the contest “unless I’m killed by a bullet.” Huang, the former speaker of the Keelung City Council, was yanked from the campaign by the KMT Central Standing Committee following allegations that he had accepted bribes from developers in the city in return for squelching demolition orders for dilapidated buildings.

Huang told a radio interviewer Thursday that he had collected the requisite number of 50,000 signatures from registered voters to place his name back on the ballot for the November elections and would deliver the list Friday in a press conference at Keelung’s Ching-an-kung Temple.

The KMT is still seeking a replacement for Huang in the race after several potential candidates said they would not run. Rumors flying around the party have even said that a party heavyweight like King Pu-tsung or Jiang Yi-huah might step into the fray to ensure that Keelung is not lost to the Greens in the year-end elections. Asked whether he would remain in the race if King or Jiang consented to run, Huang was adamant, insisting that he would have to be killed before he would back out.

Huang has already claimed the title “Last Mayor of Keelung” for himself, saying that if he wins the election one of his highest priorities will be to promote cooperation between Keelung and Taipei City and New Taipei City and work to merge the three cities into one. He noted that he has already discussed the issue with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Pearl Wu Bi-chu, speaker of the Taipei City Council.

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