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Hung Tsu-ching in Pingtung County Council race
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-09-04 02:54 PM
Hung Tsu-ching, the daughter of Hung Shih-cheng, the fishing boat captain shot and killed by the Philippine Coast Guard in May, went to the Pingtung County Election Commission Thursday to register for the election for the Pingtung County Council. Hung said that in running for the office she does not plan to join a political party, and she will not be taking part in any directly political activities in the future.

Hung eschewed ceremony in signing up for the election, accompanied only by a cousin who like her was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan, "Daughters living off the sea.“ The stark simplicity of their appearance drew a great deal of attention from supporters of other candidates in county races.

Hung told onlookers that the people in the area have given her family a great deal of support that finally woke the government up to their plight. She expressed thanks to the local population and pledged to work for fairness and justice for those who go to sea if she is elected.

Hung’s opponent in the race will be incumbent Wang Wei-ming, who is running for re-election. Hung said she gains more confidence every day, and she fully believes her sincerity will impress people that she is very serious about what she is doing.

Hung said that if she is elected, she will work for the rights of people who live off the sea by seeing that maritime operations are strengthened, ensuring that places can be set aside to developing homes to take care of the elderly among the seagoing population, and budgeting funds for emergency vessels and crews to serve those who work on boats. She said she will also press for government funds to station public health workers in fishing villages and to support the youth in such areas through better educational facilities and solid lunches for students.

Hung said she will set up a campaign headquarters by September 15.

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