Hsu Chung-hsin to Run for Tainan Mayor 許忠信捲土重來 宣布參選台南市長

Former Taiwan Solidary Union lawmaker and National Cheng Kung University law professor Hsu Chung-hsin ran for Tainan City mayor four years ago and lost. On July 14, he announced he will be running for the same position in the year-end election. Meanwhile, Kuomintang candidate Hsieh Lung-chieh said Hsu's participation may loosen the blue and green voting blocs in the city and further observation is needed.


In 2018, Hsu Chung-hsin, a former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator and current law professor at National Cheng Kung University, ran for Tainan City mayor as an independent candidate. He received 45,000 votes. On July 14, he announced he will again be running for Tainan City mayor as an independent candidate.

Hsu Chung-hsin, Taoyuan City Mayoral Candidate (Ind.): “Tainan is facing an extraordinary predicament now that cannot be solved by traditional politicians. I started off as a county councilor and learned how politics work and how to serve the people. You of course learn some specialized knowledge in the process. I got my license to practice law in my 20s, but I didn't use it to earn money. Instead, I offered legal services. I think this specialized knowledge should be applied to government administration.”

Hsu decided to run despite losing four years ago. Residents showed up at his press conference in a show of support, and former Tainan County Magistrate Su Huan-chih endorsed Hsu. Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che, who was nominated by the Democratic Progressive Party to seek re-election, said city residents will make a decision. Kuomintang candidate Hsieh Lung-chieh said Hsu's participation may loosen the blue and green voting blocs in the city and further observation is needed.

Hsieh Lung-chieh, Taoyuan City Mayoral Candidate (KMT): “Although Professor Hsu's spectrum is a bit similar to that of the DPP, his idealism is higher than that of the DPP. You can see his disdain for the municipal administration. I think that if he is willing to run, then blocs may shift.”

Huang Wei-che, Mayor, Tainan City: “I think we should all take a very cautious attitude to face the support of the people. As for the various candidates, there's no way that the votes for one will fall from the sky. I think we need to let Tainan residents examine these candidates.”

There were six candidates in the 2018 race. Huang won the election after receiving 360,000 votes. So far, there are three candidates in the 2022 race. Mark Lin, organizer of the event "Crazy Friday," is expected to hold a party on July 16 and may declare his candidacy shortly.

 

 

 

2018年以無黨籍身分投入台南市長選舉,最後獲得4萬5千多票的前台聯立委、成大法律系教授許忠信,14日上午正式宣布將再以無黨籍身分,投入年底2022台南市長選戰。

無黨籍台南市長參選人許忠信說:「台南現在面臨特殊的困境,已經是一個傳統的政治人物,從縣議員起來,學習政治運作服務選民,你當然所學就是那一方面的專業知識。我從年輕時候,這是我20幾歲的律師執照,我沒有用我的律師證書去賺錢,我在這裡做法律服務,我認為這種專業知識,(應該)用在我們政府的施政。」

說起過去4年痛定思痛,最後還是決定參選的歷程,記者會現場更有民眾跑來支持,而許忠信也獲得前台南縣長蘇煥智推薦,決定要再拚一次。對此,已獲民進黨提名的台南市長黃偉哲則說,交給市民決定,而國民黨提名的市長參選人謝龍介則說,許教授的參選有可能鬆動藍綠在台南市的選民板塊,要再觀察。

國民黨台南市長參選人謝龍介說:「許老師的光譜雖然跟民進黨有一點相近,但是他的理想性比民進黨高,所以可以看到他對市政的針貶,如果他願意參選的話,我想可能整個板塊都會鬆動。」

台南市長黃偉哲則指出:「我覺得其實我們都是用很嚴謹的態度,面對民眾的支持,所謂2組3組,第3組的票也不可能從天上掉下來,所以我覺得其實就讓台南市民,來好好的檢視這幾組候選人。」

2018年台南市長選戰高達6組參選人,最後由現任台南市長黃偉哲以36萬多票勝選,距離年底選戰還有4個多月,除了檯面上的3組參選人,上屆被網友稱為「虧雞福來爹」林義豐,預計16日也將舉辦派對,是否宣布參選台南市長也讓外界關注。

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