Taichung Mayor Jason Hu stops short of announcing re-election bid

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu stops short of announcing re-election bid

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taichung Mayor Jason Hu yesterday said he was worried by the possibility of his city being taken over by an incompetent successor, but stopped short of announcing his re-election bid.

He said Taichung has turned into a "beautiful garden" after his years of management, but it could soon become a "wasteland."

"I have been looking around me, and realised it (Taichung) is very likely to be handed over to someone who cannot be trusted," said the Kuomintang mayor during a forum organised by Global Views Magazine.

"For me, this election is not a must, but (the KMT) must win in Taichung," said Hu, who has been keeping the public guessing over the possibility of his mounting a re-election bid.

He noted that he has been mayor of Taichung for 12 years, and could still serve another four-year term.

Local administrators may only serve two consecutive terms of four years each, but a change of Taichung's status to a special municipality in 2010 allowed him to run for a third term, which he won, plus the option to run for re-election this year.

Speaking to the press after the forum, Hu declined to identify the person that he said he could not trust Taichung to.

He said he was not referring to anyone within the KMT, but refused to confirm the press' speculation that he was referring to Lin Chia-long, who is seeking to represent the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party in Taichung.

He said he would make public his intentions concerning the election after the Chinese New Year holiday.

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